Great North Swim 2019

Great North Swim 2019

Annabel McCaffery who swam as a young girl, had at least a 12 year period without any swimming, but now she has completed her degree and graduated with a first class degree, it has allowed her a little time to focus of other areas. Annabel works with vulnerable adults in the local area, and has decided to take on the Great North Swim raising money for Stockport without Abuse. Annabel has started swimming 3 times a week and is already into the swing of it. With encouragement and banter from her Dad we feel very proud to have Annabel back training with us. Annabel hasn’t done open water before and will be looking forward to the warmer weather to get practicing the open water. RFS will provide here with coaching both in the pool and open water. Annabel is a dedicated young lady that puts others before herself, show your support and sponsor her here.

 

 

Power Lifting

Power Lifting

Recently Gary McCaffery  has just qualified in a specific lifting qualification at level 5, the power lifting and Advanced Strength & Conditioning course has increased his knowledge and experience. The lifting isn’t just for increasing muscle size It’s more relevant to recruiting muscle fibres and improving overall strength for explosive sports specific movements. Weight lifting has become more popular with both females and males as now people are finally realising the potential gains in training smartly with weights in a structured correct format, weights can be dangerous when performed incorrectly , but massively beneficial when structured appropriately for your sport, it is a difficult concept to get the balance right without the knowledge and experience, for tuition on techniques and structured programmes, which you can do either at home, in a gym or with us on a one to one or small group basis, do not hesitate to ask.

Swimming Lessons for All

Swimming Lessons for All

RFS offer competitive swimmers the opportunities to have intensity coaching and analysis on a one to one basic. We have several swimmers accessing this coaching from local clubs, to gain more bespoke technique work and individual time with a coach to allow more work on race specific’s such as dive, turns and underwater work. For more details contact 07939020805.  We currently have Miles Kilen, Isobel Lester and Alex Shardlow who have just gained several midland qualifying times, supported by additional training with RFS.

Alongside competitive swimming, we offer lessons to swimmers who find things more difficult. The quiet one to one lessons allow swimmers to have focused, full contact time, making dealing with fears, coordination and concentration issues more manageable, we welcome children with learning difficulties as we have the perfect environment to cater for their specific needs. The main goal with RFS lessons is that swimmer enjoy the water.

Paris Roubaix

Paris Roubaix

Sam Knight takes on the Paris Roubaix Sportive, after finishing Ironman training last year, Sam was looking for something different, the classic cobbles were calling him. The Paris Roubaix is a one day classic cycling race, with enormous history and prestige. The sportive allows amateur riders to ride the route and experience the course the day before the professional event. It is also known as the Hell of the North, as it is one of the oldest and most difficult races there is, with long challenged cobbled sections that require power, technique and bollocks. Sam is doing the sportive with a group of friends and will enjoying finishing this challenging ride on the famous Roubaix velodrome. The next day he can enjoy the beer and the pro event. Sam will than come back ready for the triathlon season.

Shropshire Olympic Distance

Shropshire Olympic Distance

Set your mind to anything and you will achieve with RFS, sometimes its not all about been fast sometimes its all about the “because you can”. Here is Pauls race report in his own words.

I had registered for the Shropshire Olympic Triathlon at the beginning of the year, but major surgery in March cost me a couple of months of serious training.  With encouragement from Gary to still go for my first ever Olympic distance race, I was soon back into regular training.  A long (for me) cycle ride with Gary a few weeks before the race, convinced me that I could complete the race (I aim to complete rather than to compete!).

The Shropshire Olympic Triathlon took place on Sunday 16 September, at Ellesmere Lake.  On the day it was windy and raining, but there were still 234 of us at the start.  I was confident about the 1500m swim, but I had troubles with my goggles, which were letting in water.  I stopped several times to adjust them, and swallowed quite a lot of water in the choppy lake.  Although I completed the swim in the expected time of around 40 minutes, it was my worst ever swim.  (more…)

London Big Swim

London Big Swim

Florence, Tom and Mark completed the 2mile open water swim in London’s Serpentine – held in Hyde Park. Both kids had mixed feelings about doing the race describing it as “one of Dads mad ideas”. Florence and Tom were regular members of the St Anselms swim squad and had a good ability of swimming, however the whole family favoured breastroke, which ideally isn’t the best stroke for open water in a wetsuit. However with some one to one coaching RFS developed their frontcrawl and convinced the kids to do a mixture of both frontcrawl and breastroke. Mark couldn’t swim frontcrawl at all and now has all the right foundation to continouing to improve his frontcrawl. Mark and family have started coming to the High Peak Triathlon club, where they worked the fitness and endurance side of the challenge.

Florence was the fastest on the day completing the swim in 1 hour 20mins.  Swimming was a challenge for them and the kids never excepted to be able to do it this time last year, but with hard work and specific coaching they all achieved their goals.

Mark won a coveted London Classics medal for completing the London Marathon, Ride 100 and the Swim Serpentine in the past three years.

Well done all.