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Open Meets:

Harpenden Swimming Club is working hard on offering the following Open Meets (subject to licensing).

HSC Bryan Thompson Legacy Meet

Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th October 2024
Westminster Lodge
Licence No: TBC

HSC Last Chance County Qualifier

Sunday 8th December 2024
Licence No: TBC

HSC Frantic Fifties
“One night, one pool, one length”


HSC Last Chance County Qualifier – Results

Thank you to all who participated and volunteered to help run the HSC Last Chance County Qualifier event. We hope you all enjoyed the meet and a lot of great times have been achieved, below are the results PDF’s.

Results: Last-Chance-2023-Results.pdf
Meet Results Zip File:

HSC Last Chance County Qualifier Details

HSC Bryan Thompson Legacy Meet- 2023

Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th October 2023

Westminster Lodge
Licence no. 3ER230756

The results are in and can be downloaded on this link: Legacy-Results-2023.pdf

Thank you to all those who attended and competed, we hope you all enjoyed the event.
Also a massive thank you to all those who helped run the event and the volunteers – we really do appreciate your support in making this event work.

HSC Club Champs

Thank you to all 78 swimmers who raced last night and all the volunteers in making Club Champs possible.

213 events were raced and 23 swimmers placed new times for events.

James A – new Open 50m free Club Champs record
Cub M – new Open 100m breast Club Champs record


Again thank you.

HSC Frantic 50s – Results – 04/03/23

HSC Frantic 50s

Please see attached the results for the Frantic 50’s held on the 4th March.

Thank you to all swimmers taking part and volunteers helping us run the event.

Results: Frantic-50s-2023-Results.pdf

HSC FINIS Frantic 50s – 4th March 2023

Sunday Training dates cancelled @ Luton Inspire

There are a number of Sunday training sessions coming up that will not go ahead due to events at the Luton Inspire pool and Herts Countries event. Please add them to your diaries / enjoy the sleep-ins if you’re not part of the events.

Luton Inspire training dates cancelled;

Sun 22nd January – Herts Counties
Sun 29th January
– Beds ASA County Competition
Sun 5th February – Beds ASA County Competition
Sun 12th March – Putteridge SC Event
Sun 19th March – Luton Team SC Event

HSC FINIS Last Chance County Qualifier – Results!

HSC FINIS Bryan Thompson Legacy Meet – Results

Results are in!

Please see the link below for all of the meet results in a PDF form and Zip form for clubs. Again thank you to everyone who participated and helped run the event.



We now have all the details for the Bryan Thompson Legacy Meet which you will find below. Please take a look and we look forward to receiving club and individual entries. As usual, we really appreciate/need volunteers to help us run these events so please do put yourselves forward if you are able to help out.

Sat 1st and Sun 2nd October 2022

4 sessions – Sat afternoon and evening, Sun morning and afternoon
(Sessions 2 & 4 are now full)

Westminster Lodge, St Albans

HSC FINIS Bryan Thompson Legacy Open Meet Program 2022

Officials are needed for this event, please sign up on the link below:

HSC 2022 Sprint Club Championships

This weekend we held the HSC 2022 Sprint Club Championships.  We had lots of swimmers racing for the first time so well done to them, and it was good to see more experienced swimmers entering events they’ve not raced for some time.  We hope you all enjoyed it and a huge thanks to the many volunteers who helped to make this happen!

  • Particular congratulations to Charlie H for breaking 8 Club Champs records in the U10 age group!
  • James A also broke records for 100m IM and 50m fly in the Open age group.
  • And well done to our youngest girls for obtaining U10 Club Champs records; Addison L broke the 50m free record that was last set in 2011 and Anna R set a new 100m back record.
  • Anna R also set new Club Records in the under 9 age group for 100m free and 100m back!

Swimmers collected medals for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place in each age group and the points for the Club Champs trophies will be added up and awarded at a later date.
Next year, Club Champs will be held in March and will see the return of the 200m middle distance events.
We welcomed back Annie, our previous Head Coach, who announced the 2022-23 Club Captains – many congratulations to Luci A and James A, both in Performance Sharks, who will lead the swimmers through the year.

Club Champs – Information

Sprint Club Champs 2022 at the Harpenden swimming pool is taking place this weekend, please see below for the information about the event:

Session 1 – Saturday 10th September
Warm up 5.30pm, swimmers/volunteers on poolside at 5.20pm, please

Session 2 – Sunday 11th September (in place of training)
Warm up 2.30pm, swimmers/volunteers on poolside at 2.20pm, please

We expect the racing to finish within 3 hours of the warm up time.  Live updates will be sent out on the WhatsApp group (ask if you want to join).

Please email asap to let me know about any events you can no longer make so we can run the sessions as efficiently as possible.

Swimmers need to bring:

  • HSC pool shirt (make sure it’s labelled!)
  • HSC black hat
  • goggles
  • spare hat/goggles
  • towel and spare towel for poolside
  • sliders/fit flops to wear on poolside (no outdoor shoes on poolside)
  • drinks (not fizzy or in glass bottles)
  • healthy snacks (think bananas, dried fruit, smoothies, cereal bars etc) – NO NUTS
  • do not leave any rubbish on poolside

Extra info:
Swimmers need to be there for the warm up – this is true for every meet but I’ll repeat it again!
Please don’t bring kit bags with you
Check the attached pdf to see which events your swimmers have signed up for.
Swimmers can leave the pool area when they have checked with a coach that they have finished racing.
Results will be printed at the end of each event
Medals can be collected on the day
Trophies will be presented at a later date

Spectators are welcome in the gallery.  There will be a small entry charge on Saturday evening of £3 per adult as we are paying for extra pool time.

In commemoration of Her Majesty, there will be 1 minute of silence at the start of each session. We hope you are able to join us in paying tribute and our heartfelt thanks to Her Majesty for her devotion to her subjects across the world. Please could you let your swimmers know about the proposed 1 minute’s silence.

See you all at Club Champs.

HSC FINIS Summer Development Meet – CANCELLED

We are very sorry to tell you that we have had to cancel our Summer Dev meet.

We only had entries from 3 external clubs and there would not be enough time between races for the swimmers.

We are also slightly concerned with the new rule changes on shallow starts that the pool would not be able to efficiently accommodate the timing equipment change at such short notice.

This is a massive disappointment to us and our 40 odd young swimmers who wanted to attend and we are very sorry to also let yours down.

We are hoping to run it next year at a similar time and we hope that you will be able to join us for Legacy on Oct 1st/2nd at Westminster Lodge.

Regionals Long Course Meet update

The Swim England East Region Long Course meet was a great meet for Harpenden with some solid swims, medals and PBs !

On Day 1, Luci was only just off her long course PB in 200fly to finish 12th in her age group and Toby smashed his 100fly to pick up bronze in his age group final.

Day 2 saw Luci gain PBs in both the 100 fly and 400IM and Toby placed 8th in the 15yr old category for the 200fly then later managed a 27.92 in the 50fly to quality 2nd in the 15Yrs Final.

At the 2nd weekend, Parker pulled out a 2second beating PB in his 200back to finish in the top 20 of his age group.

Well done to all the swimmers! All records for Long Course can be seen here: LC Records 09/05/2022

HSC FINIS Frantic Fifties – Results

A massive thank you to all the swimmers, officials and volunteers helping and taking part in the HSC FINIS Frantic Fifties meet this weekend.

The full results are in and can be seen in the attached PDF here: hsc-finis-frantic-fifties-2022-full-results.

We had three new records broken this weekend, which were:

James A (16)
50m Back – 30.05 (also a new club record that has stood since 2009!)

Izzy C (17)
50m Fly – 30.38

Toby M (14)
50 Fly in – 28.31 (Breaking his own record set last month).

Again thank you to all taking part.

We can now confirm entries for the  HSC FINIS Frantic Fifties meet are complete.

UPDATED: The full list of entries and event list has been updated with entries (18_04_2022) is here: Frantic-50s-Program.pdf

We do need volunteers still to ensure we can run the event with a full team, please sign up for this on the link here:

(We really do need people to volunteer to make this great event happen.)

It will be held on Saturday 23rd April at Luton Inspire, LU2 8DD. 

This meet consists of only four 50m events – one night of one length sprints down the Long Course pool!  The warm up is at 6.30pm.

Documents for the event can be viewed from the links below:






Team Luton March Long Course Update

19 club swimmers raced at the Team Luton March Long Course meet last weekend – it’s been a long time since some of them have raced in a 50m pool!  It was a great opportunity for the swimmers to practice their LC racing before the Regional Championships taking place in April/May.
Congratulations to Ruel S for setting five new records in the 17 year old age group for 100m breast, 200m breast, 200m free, 400m free and 200m IM and to Robert F for placing a record time in the 800m free event for 15 year olds.
Special mention to Toby M who took 0.95s off the 50m fly record and 0.8s off the 100m fly record for 14 year olds, both previously set in 2016.
Bring on the Regional Champs!

County Champs – records broken!

Count Champs update

There were many great performances at our County Champs meets including records broken which are listed below.

Emma C:
17  year olds – 50m back + a Club record!
17  year olds – 200m back – joint-fastest record

James A:
17 year olds –  800m free + Club record!

Izzy C:
17 year olds – 100m IM

Congratulations to everyone!

Update from Counties – medals!

Herts Counties Interim Report from Annie

​With only one weekend of Counties left and most of our swimmers finishing competing, here is where we are so far:

​We had 22 swimmers with qualification or consideration times, plus a multitude of swimmers for the relay events. I think everyone has enjoyed their experience despite some long hours sitting on poolside waiting for their race(s).

​Medals are awarded for first, second and third places in each event in each age group. The age groups are 11,12,13,14,15,16,17 and 18 & over. I am really pleased with the number of medals that our swimmers have won, 16 and counting. Please note that the 18+ medals have not yet been released.

​Even better than the age group medals are the Junior Championship medals which are for the fastest swimmers in the Under 16 age groups. We have 5 medals in this category, a special mention to Toby M who has won them all.

The highest ranking medals are awarded to Championship swimmers, the fastest swimmers in the whole competition. In this class the swimmers have to swim the heats, and then if they are fast enough swim in the Championship final for the event. We have made a few finals, and won medals with Luci S and Emma C.

We also had a good showing in the relay events, and I am really proud of the senior swimmers who managed to make 2 of the finals, and made first reserve for 2 more. The girls relay team came 4th, narrowly missing out on the bronze medal.

The full list is below:

James H age 12: Silver 100m breast, 50m breast, Bronze 200 back
Toby M age 15: Silver 50m back, 100m free, Bronze 200m fly, 100IM, 200m free, 50m free, 200 IM
James A age 17: Silver 200m back, 100IM, Bronze 50m back, 100m back, 50m free, 100m free

Junior Championships:
Toby M : Bronze 200m fly, 50m back, 200m free, 50m free, 100m free

Luci S : Silver 200m fly
Emma C : Bronze 200m back

We look forward to more success this weekend.


Last Chance County Qualifier 2021 Results

Well done to all the swimmers today – and a huge thank you to all the officials, coaches and volunteers.

The zipped file of results for clubs can be found here: Meet Results-HSC FINIS Last Chance County Qualifier 2021 (PDF)

Results for clubs: (Raw format – ZIP)

Programme for Last Chance County Qualifier 2021

Here is the programme for this Sunday (12th Dec) – Last Chance County Qualifier 2021.
Good luck to all swimmers and thank you very much to all volunteers helping us run it, we hope you all enjoy a great meet

Programme – Last Chance County Qualifier 2021 (PDF)

Last Chance County Qualifier 2021: UPDATE


Please see below links to some updated information for the Last Chance meet – including COVID precautions.

Pre-Meet information for Parents and Swimmers (PDF)
Pre- Meet information for Coaches (PDF)
COVID precautions (PDF)


We are looking forward to seeing swimmers, officials, coaches and volunteers at the HSC FINIS Last Chance County Qualifier 2021 on Sunday.  Session 1 warm up 8.30am.  Session 2 warm up not before 12.30pm. We kindly ask please that:

  • everyone takes a lateral flow test before attending
  • everyone wears a mask inside when not competing and when walking through the centre
  • no one attends if they have any Covid-19 symptoms.

The Entry Pack for the HSC FINIS Last Chance County Qualifier 2021 can be found below. There are No medals / No Certificates / No fuss – just times!

Fast racing!

Links  :
Club Entry Summary pdf
Conditions and Schedule pdf
Individual Entry Summary pdf
Qualifying Times pdf

Meet Events – HSC FINIS Last Chance County Qualifier (ZIP FILE)

HSC FINIS Legacy meet – Medal Tables & Results

We hope all swimmers have rested well from the weekend’s competition. Here are all the results and medal tables from the meet.

HSC FINIS Legacy meet 2021 – Medal Tables

HSC FINIS Legacy Meet 2021 – Results

Programmes for HSC Legacy meet 2nd/3rd Oct

HSC FINIS Legacy Meet 2021

Below are the programmes for the HSC Legacy meet, within the programme you’ll find the introductions and safety notes for the event plus lists of all event races.

Day 1 Programme

Day 2 Programme (updated)

Use the portal to remember which events/sessions you have signed up swimmers for.  Remember that swimmers need to be on poolside 10 minutes before the warm up to register with their coach.  Please also refer to the competition tips document here.

Saturday 2nd October

Session 1: Warm up 12:15pm racing starts 1pm

Session 2: Warm up NO EARLIER THAN 4.15pm, racing starts NO EARLIER THAN 5pm*

Sunday 3rd October

Session 3: Warm up 8am, racing starts 8.45am

Session 4: Warm up NO EARLIER THAN 12 noon, racing starts NO EARLIER THAN 12.45pm*

*Follow @HarpSwim on Twitter for the latest updates over the weekend, including any changes to warm up times for sessions 2 and 4, and the links to the live streaming.

What to bring:
– costume, spare costume, goggles, spare goggles, club hat, spare hat
– club pool shirt (LABELLED!)
– healthy snacks e,g, cereal bars, bananas, pasta salad but no nuts
– lots of fluid including milk/smoothies but no glass bottles or fizzy drinks
– towel, spare towel
– flip flops/sliders for poolside
– big bags should be left in lockers (£1), small drawstring bags can be taken poolside


This section is really important, so please read and take note.  Everyone wants meets to run as smoothly as possible so it’s really frustrating to see heats run with empty lanes.  To avoid this, please do the following:

– if your swimmer can no longer swim please email as soon as possible to withdraw them from an event/session or even the full meet.  This gives us time to rearrange the heats and we can accept email withdrawals up to midday on Friday.

Spectator costs are £5 per session, £8 all day with reductions for OAPs/children under 12.  Please bring cash if possible although we do hope to have a card machine there too.  Get in for free by signing up to help!  It’s not too late – email

The parking at Westminster Lodge is limited at the moment because of the Covid testing station.  Please allow plenty of time to find a space.

Prices Mon-Sun 07:30 – 18:30
2 Hours Free
3 Hours £2.30
4 Hours £4.40
24 Hours £5.40

Free outside these hours

Swimmers are politely requested to take a Lateral Flow Device test in the 48 hours before the meet.  Please don’t swim if you have any symptoms.

On Sunday, Stortford Swim Supplies will be there (probably upstairs off the viewing gallery) selling all of the usual swimming goods.  Stock up for Christmas presents!

Timings for Legacy meet 2nd/3rd Oct

HSC FINIS Legacy Meet 2021

 Saturday 2nd October & Sunday 3rd October 2021
(Saturday afternoon & evening, Sunday morning & afternoon)
Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre, Holywell Hill, St Albans, AL1 2DL
Licence no. 3ER210434

Sponsored By : Marshall Motor Group


Session 1 – 2nd Oct
sponsored by The Pudding Stop

Warm Up 12:15
Racing Starts 13:00

Session 2 – 2nd Oct
sponsored by STEVENSONS

Racing Starts NO EARLIER THAN 17:00



Session 3 – 3rd Oct

Warm Up 08:00
Racing Starts 08:45

Session 4 – 3rd Oct

Racing Starts NO EARLIER THAN 12:45

The small pool will be available for continuous warm up / swim down
Saturday afternoon/evening and Sunday afternoon.

HSC Finis Legacy Meet 2021- Accepted Entry List

All accepted entries for the upcoming HSC Finis Legacy Meet 2021 are detailed in the PDF document link below. Please review and remind yourself of the races you are participating in. We look forward to seeing you all at the meet.

HSC FINIS Legacy Meet 2021 – Accepted Entry List (PDF)

Legacy Meet on 2/3 October – Reminder for Entries

This is a reminder that entries for the Legacy Meet on 2/3 October close on Wednesday 8th September at 6pm.

Please look on the portal to choose your races (43 of you have yet to respond), and for those who’ve already entered (59 of you, thank you) please double-check your entry before the deadline as it’s so much easier than amending afterwards.

As one of the first meets to be held in the region, it’s proving to be extremely popular with other local clubs and we fully expect it will be at capacity with no late entries available.

We understand that racing is new to some of our younger swimmers – but as part of a competitive swimming club, you are expected to race at these meets.  If your swimmer is feeling unsure, please speak to one of the committee or other parents at the club about any concerns (I’ll be at the pool on Friday evening and Sunday afternoon).  The club will support all swimmers at the meet, but we can’t do this unless they are entered.

Legacy is one of the best meets in the year for the following reasons:
– you will know lots of swimmers there from the club; there is no other meet that will have more HSC swimmers participating
– it’s a local event so there’s less travel time
– it’s fun with music on poolside and professional commentary
– it’s going to be broadcast live so Granny can watch and join in from afar!
– you can enter events where you’ve not got a time previously (this isn’t the case for all meets)
– you can get some guaranteed swims and post some times to the ranking database, which means you’ll be able to enter future meets
– money raised from this meet goes back to YOUR club

The schedule and recommended events are attached to this mail.  Max of 3 events per session.

HSC FINIS Legacy meet 2nd/ 3rd October 2021: Important documents

Upcoming Open Meets:

Harpenden Swimming Club is working hard on offering the following Open Meets (subject to licensing).

Harpenden FINIS Legacy Meet (short course)
2nd & 3rd October 2021
at Westminster Lodge St Albans

Harpenden FINIS Last Chance County Qualifier (short course)
Sunday 12th December 2021

at Westminster Lodge, St. Albans

Harpenden FINIS Frantic Fifties (long course)
Saturday 5th March 2022
at Inspire: Luton Sports Village

HSC FINIS Frantic Fifties 2020

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Frantic Fifties sprint night at Inspire:Luton Sports Village, LU2 8DD on Saturday 7 March 2020 – a fun evening of long course 50m sprints in the Regional qualifying window.  Well done to all the swimmers!

The full results can be found here: HSC FINIS Frantic Fifties 2020 results

We would like to say a huge thank you to all the officials and the volunteers, without whom we would not be able to run this event.  Thank you!  

HSC FINIS Frantic Fifties 2020 – Programme

HSC FINIS Frantic Fifties 2020 – Useful information

HSC FINIS Frantic Fifties 2020 – Accepted entry list

In advance of this meet, please see the latest advice available from Swim England in relation to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) here.  Please also see the advisory notice we have received from Inspire:Luton here.


Thank you to everyone who came to our sixth Legacy Meet at Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre, especially all the swimmers, officials, coaches, volunteers and supporters.  Results can be found below and on MeetMobile.  We hope you can join us again at our next meet in December or in 2020.

HSC FINIS Legacy Meet 2019 Results

Thank you very much to our partner, FINIS, and sessions sponsor, Aldwickbury School, and all our race sponsors for their support.


Thank you for joining us at this year’s Frantic Fifties sprint meet at Inspire: Luton Sports Village on Saturday 16th March 2019.  Lots of fast sprinting!  The results are available below.

We would like to say a huge thank you to all the officials, coaches and helpers and of course the swimmers and hope to see you at our Legacy Meet and Last Chance Meet in 2019 or our Frantic Fifties Meet in 2020!

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