Coach Sam Smashes Regional Masters Record

Lead Coach Sam smashed the Eastern Region 800m freestyle record at the Crawley Competition with a winning time of 10.46.78 for his age category. The record stood for eleven years at 11.48.45

Ironically although he swam in adjacent lanes to other swimmers he was the only swimmer in this category so Sam decided to swim against the clock. Sam’s swim was the fourth fasted over all out of a field of 27 competitors from all the different categories combined.

“When I saw the previous record, I knew I could have a good go at braking it when I entered . After the swim I realised that I had broken the 800m long course record by 1 minute, 2 seconds.” explained Sam when he proudly displayed his gold medal.


Club Swimming Gala has competitive edge.

There was a competitive edge, sibling rivalries and exciting finger tip finishes at the North Norfolk Vikings Swimming Club Championships held at the Victory Pool; all of which nestled into a friendly atmosphere amongst the competitors . As expected there were a number of Viking skirmishes  and some stoic swims from  the juniors.

Lily Dear hit a six of gold medals  Over the 50m freestyle  she easily won the event in 37.31 defeating nine fellow Vikings. Lily’s second gold came in the 50m breastsroke with 0.51 well ahead of five competitors. Lily, aged 10, then  claimed a hat-trick of golds by proving her versatility when she triumphed in the 200m freestyle (3:10.34)  and then she came home in 1.27.25 taking the 100m. Reverting back to breastroke her fifth gold was achieved in the 200m (4.02.66) and she added the 100m with her 1:55.84 respectively.

Perhaps two of the most courageous swims came from 11 year olds, Bebe King and Leona Scott in their first  200m Individual Medley (IM). covering eight lengths of the pool on all four strokes. Bebe won the event in 3.46.37 and Leona touched in 4.39.91. to take the silver respectively. Both have only just started competing and their tenacity delighted the spectators to see them complete the swim. Bebe later went on to win the 100m IM in 1:44.12

Brothers George and Zak Edridge  of Tunstead, made their races a real contest and although George won more medals than his twin brother, the balance of power was shared on either side of the lane ropes in respective breaststroke events. In the 200m it was Zak winning in 3:33.62  and won a second gold in the 50m with 44.4 with George the runner up in both events. However, in the 100m it was George who was victorious over his brother when he scored 1:43.56. whilst Zak had to settle for the silver with only half a second separating the two 13 year olds.

Senior Harry Hudson has had an exceptional year for the Vikings achieving a number of regional times.  Harry will be out to build upon his  club championships successes of 100m freestyle (56.97) 50m Freestyle (25.61), 100m butterfly (1:07.72) 50m Butterfly (1:07.72) and 100 individual Medley (1:03.8) at next month’s County Championships.

Noah Buchan also won 5  gold medals, Michael Sayer 6 and Leah Harris 6.


Emily Has Time To Remember

Continuing with our busy schedule of competitions, we were in action at the November Short Course Gala held at the UEA Sports Park Norwich. Our swimmers did not disappoint as more than twenty-seven took the plunge against teams from all over the Eastern Region.

It will be a competition which 14 year old Emily Beighton will remember for a long time. After a lot of perseverance, hard work and tenacity the Broadland High School student from Bacton finally achieved her county qualifying time of 1:33.28 over 100m Breaststroke. Over 50m, Emily completed the two lengths in 41.5 for the bronze.

Ellen Eccleston came away with two gold medals in back to back  breaststroke events in her age group In the 100m . Breaststroke 1.15.67 200m 2.50.13 Ellen made it it three medals when she finished in bronze medal place in 2:34.84 for 200m backstroke.

In the 100m butterfly, Emily Morton improved her time by five seconds to take a silver medal in 1:17.10 and then added a bronze in 1:06.2 over this distance in the freestyle.

Aylsham’s Toby Corfield also took gold in his age group when he touched first in 1:37.62 for his 100m backstroke. The young man, aged 9  went onto win a silver in the 50m breastroke in 55.78 ,another  silver in the 100m freestyle 1.34.12 and a bronze in the 50m butterfly with 50.03. Toby won more medals than any other Viking Swimmer and there were not many competitors leaving the pool with more.

Senior and out going Captain Harry Hudson, was involved in a  finger tip finish in the 100m freestyle when he hit the pad in 54.80 a split second behind Abram Jack who won in  54.06. He was just out side the medals in the 50m  freestyle 25.85. but gained a  bronze over the same distance for butterfly with 27.86.

Reuben Seaman, was a double bronze medallist. He got one for his 200m breststroke in 3:54.30 and the other in the100m with his 1:54.37 respectively.

Bebe King, looked very promising in the 200 IM. The root of her confidence must have steamed from the one she acompledged  in the club championships when she finished in 3.46.37/ However, in the November gala. she improved by an outstanding sixteen seconds in 3:30.97 for bronze

Grace Parker, has without doubt been training well and during her heat, she looked super fast and took a silver in 100 IM when she finished in 1:41.22 Her first success in this event.

Noah Buchan proved how versatile he was when he he added two silver medals to our tally. In the 200m freestyle (2:38.47) and the 50m backstroke in (39.94) respectively

We were also delighted to see in the team, Jess Seamark, Lily Dear, Evie Bates, Ruby Tracey, Baille Beighton ,Winnie Browne, Ashley Jones, Maisie Fagan, Archie Haughan-Zelos, Razvan Platton, William Coop and our club captain Rebecca Burrows. Thank you all for representing Vikings.




Double Bronze For Viking Masters

Sam & Spike

Our lead coach Sam led by example as he competed in the English National Masters Competition in Sheffield . In the 800m freestyle, Sam was up against a strong field of  seven competitors over 32 lengths of the pool. Dan John of Reading was the run away winner when he finished in 8:46.53 but Sam came in third for the bronze medal in 9:48.31. Sam had earlier come sixth in the 400m in 4:38.74

In complete contrast, Spike Buchan swam the shorter distances of 50m and 100m backstroke. After finishing fifth in the 100m with !:13.48  he turned to the 50m and  after a close finish, he went 32.82 to earn Viking’s first bronze of the competition  However, although he did not medal, Spike finished thirteenth in the 100m free in an impressive time of 1:00.92.  Club Chairperson Sarah also represented the club in the 1,500m and finished in eighth spot with 24:44.09 after 60 hard lengths of the pool


Viking Ellen is top girl at Gala

Ellen Eccleston certainly set the pace for the Vikings at the Iceni Swimming Gala hosted by Dereham Otters when she took a staggering nine golds and two silvers medals, subsequently winning the top girl trophy.

“I must have been more focused on my breaststroke events as I  gained three regional qualifying times to compliment my three gold medals  in my age group.” explained the modest 14 year old Aylsham High School student.

In the 200m she paced the race perfectly. Just before the 175m mark Ellen knew she had more to offer and when she came off the turn for the final 25, there was only going to be one winner as she came back from behind to touch first in 2:50.93 from  Millie Harris, of the Wisbech club  who went 3:04.82 . Ellen record the fastest time over the distance in the gala for any age group. Vikings were strong in this event too as Emily Beighten finished in fourth with  3:30.58 and Rebecca Burrows with a very creditable sixth spot in 3:39.73. It was comfortable again for Ellen  in both the 100m 1:18.09 and 50m 36.03.respectively. However, in the 200 Individual Medley (IM) she was made to fight all the way to the finish as she tussled with  Amelia Saunders  of St Felix School, Southwold in one of the most exciting and closest finishes. Ellen proved she was not just a one stroke swimmer as all stokes have to be demonstrated in this event. Only the electronic timing could separate them at the finish as Ellen hit the pad first in 2::35.20  from Amelia’s 2:35.65.

Leah Harris was also a worthy contender for top girl as she went away with five gold medals in an older age group. Where Ellen dominated the breaststroke events, Leah took a clean sweep of the freestyle events. The 20 year from Cromer won the 200m in 2:15.78 and led from the gun in the 100m, completing the first 50m in 30.09 and although she faded a little towards the finish, Leah subsequently held on to achieve a regional qualifying time of 1:01.77  as only split seconds decided the top three places. It was another close one in the 50m as she finished in 28.4 Her other two golds were 100m butterfly 1:09.59 and the 50m breaststroke 36.89 respectively.

Senior Club Captain Harry Hudson swam two exceptional races. In the 100m butterfly 1:02.44 he won by a split second over Harry Weston’s 1:02.93 5 representing Dereham  and the the 50m freestyle he scored 25.58 in another close race. Both his times were regional qualifiers as was his silver medal time of 55.46 for 100m freestyle.

In the juniors, 12 year old Noah Buchan left with a gold in the 200m IM in 3:07.84 and Toby Caufield aged 10 won the 50m breaststoke in 1:01.04. as both achieved respective county qualifying times.

However, it was the consolation medals and personal achievements which were equally noticeable. As for Emily Morton, medals are currently something of the norm as she is enjoying more success. A silver to start with in the 100m butterfly with 1.19.34, and two  bronze medals in the 50m backstroke ( 37.90) and the 100m freestyle (1.09.38) respectively. The 14 year old achieved personal best times and recorded County qualifying times on each outing

Medals kept on coming with Josh Twining’s 200m freestyle in 2:18.44 for bronze and in the 200m Breaststroke he went one better with a silver in 2:59.71. The latter event qualified him for the County Championships in the new year.

Ruby Tracy, 18 fought hard to deservedly win two bronze medals  The first of which was the 100m backstroke when she  finished in 1.18.19 and her other, the 200m breaststroke scoring 3.11.07 just one second outside the silver.

Ashley Jones also of North Walsham not only achieved a bronze medal, his time of  29.34 for the 50m freestyle was both a personal best and a County qualifying time for the 16 year old.

Toby Davidson, 16,  proved to all how he has matured as an athlete. He demonstrated a fluent 100m butterfly and reduced his time by almost 13 seconds to to claim a silver. Equally in the same age group, Jess Seamark won her first medal for the club, a bronze in 1:16.42 over the same distance but in freestyle.

Twin brothers George and Zak Edridge had already qualified for next year’s County Championships prior to the gala but were ready for battle again. In their favourable stoke over 100m breaststroke, it was the turn of Zak to finish ahead of his 12 year old brother in 1:42.16 to claim a bronze as his brother’s 1:44.86. gave him a fourth. However, George beat Zak in the 50m backstroke but  neither of them medalled in the event.

To conclude this gala bronze medals went to Rebecca Burrows in the 200m backstroke 3.03.40 and two  for Reuben Seaman. The 200 IM in 3:48.05 and the 50m butterfly in 54.78 respectively. Both his times were County qualifying times. 

At the conclusion Ellen Eccleston was presented with her Top Girl Trophy by Dereham Otters President Kevin Rumsey and Vikings achieved 19 golds, 10 silvers, 17 bronze, 54 County qualifying times, 10 Regional qualifying times and 91personal best times. Sam Watts, our  lead coach said “We were simply up there with the best”



Bebe Takes Full Advantage at Swim Gala

Bebe King took full advantage at the “Summer Splash”  gala held at the UEA  hosted my Gt Yarmouth Swimming Club. The Year 7 North Walsham High School student entered seven events and medalled in all as the North Norfolk Vikings competed in respective age group categories.

In her first event, Bebe demonstrated her all round ability on all strokes when she took a silver in the 100m Individual Medley with 1:41.8:  this proved to be  a fore runner for what was to come. It was her  powerful, nonchalant, longer strokes where she took full advantage. This undoubtedly contributed to her to success  when she won the 25m freestyle in just 17.62 and victory again in the 25m breaststroke  when she went 25.95. Her third gold was the 25m backstroke when she touched in 21:89. and to conclude her seven medal haul, the 11 year old  came home first in 21.89 over the same distance on backstroke to clinch her fourth gold.

Reuben Seaman  collected three more gold medals. The 10 year old dominated the 100m Individual Medley finishing in 1:44.03 but in his 50m freestyle, he was pushed all the way by Charlie Pickering of Great Yarmouth and it was only the electronic timing which could separate them as Reuben touched in 41.29 from Charlie’s 41.43 respectively.

North Norfolk Vikings also won another hat-trick of golds, this time through 10 year old Toby Caufield all over 50m. In the freestyle 45.01,  backstroke  51.12  and breaststroke 1:00.15.  However, Toby was not finished there he won a bronze in the 50m butterfly with his 59.60.

The gold medals continued to be achieved and two more followed by two 10 year olds.  Lily Dear in the 50m freestyle with 37.63. when she defeated a field of eighteen swimmers and Grace Parker winning the 25m butterfly event in 20.65. in a close finger tip finish beating seven competitors . Meanwhile, both 12 year old Bailee Breighton and 13 year old Razvan Platon won consolation medals in respective events.

“I was delighted for the swimmers who gained just reward for all their hard work and commitment. Whilst technique is improving, our younger swimmers are exceeding all expectations at the moment whilst .every team member came in the top three at least twice.”  John

Vikings won 12 Golds  10 Silvers and  4 Bronze Medals




Isaac Is Awarded Swimming Scholarship


Isaac Buchan of Beston Regies has been awarded a swimming scholarship by St Felix School in Southwold. The 13 year old North Norfolk Vikings Club Swimmer is about to start the new school term training under the auspices of former Sprowston High School student and GB team Manager Suzanne Purchase. He finished at  Beeston Hall School in July, where he attended with his younger brother Noah, who also swims for the Vikings.

The scholarship has come about as a result of his excellent swims with the Vikings from when he first joined as an 8. year old. Subsequently this has provided him with a platform for him to succeed further. His main focus has been the freestyle events. In his respective age group he was runner up in the 800m in the Regionals as well as achieving 10 additional regional qualifying times.  He reached the Independent Schools final held at the London Aquatic Centre and upon leaving Beeston he held all 19 records for year 8 boys. He also holds 4 Vikings records.

His swimming achievements have not just been confined to pools. He has competed open water events too. He also came runner up in the Norfolk Open water Championships held at Whitlingham.  When asked about his scholarship

“I am really looking forward to be able to do my swimming alongside my schooling. I currently have a long way to travel for training, but at St Felix this will not be a problem. I can then be more focused to achieving national times and entries next year. The coaches at Vikings have really helped me on my way and hopefully will put me in a good place for the next chapter.” remarked Isaac.



Every North Norfolk Viking Swimmer won a medal at the Diss development gala  when they competed in various junior age group categories and six swimmers got hold of one for the very first time.

The favourable distance was over 25m freestyle where Alice Dickerty won gold in the 25m freestyle with 20.08. This was followed by Layla Callaby silver 20.63, Fearne Sadler silver 23.56,  Isobel Chaplin silver 18.62. and Clara Farrow bronze 18.81

In the 25 m backstroke. Vikings made it a clean sweep of medals with Alice Dickerty taking her second gold, just touching first in 20.08 from Layla Callaby’s silver  20.63 and Rosa Sadler’s bronze in 21.94, leaving the rest of the pack to traipse in; four seconds adrift.

Razvan Platon won no fewer than four gold medals, most impressive was his 100m Individual Medley when he hit the pad in 1:48.28.  Reuben Seaman entered four events and won them all. In his 50m breaststroke, the 9 year old broke a minute in 0:59.56. It was also in the breststroke when Fearne Sadler achieved her very first medal – a gold in  the 25m in 32.9.  Isobel Bird’s medal came a little later when she achieved a silver in the 25m breatstroke in her  first gala when she went under  thirty seconds in 29.84.

Evie Bates from Sheringham, bagged three golds and like Razvan earlier, it was the Individual Medley where she defeated a strong field of ten and excelled by completing the 100m course in 1:40.31 from Viking’s Be-be King’s 1:45.41 who took the silver medal spot. Be-be herself became a double gold medal holder winning in both the 50m freestyle in 17.84 and the 50m butterfly in 21.37respectively.

Bailee Beighton, of Bacton achieved four medals, three of which were silver and one bronze. His best was the 50m freestyle when he won silver in 42.14.

At the conclusion of the gala, Sam Watts lead coach to the Vikings said

“Our junior swimmers have progressed beyond all expectations recently as more youngsters continue to join our development squad.”

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Viking Swimmers start County Campaign early

Our swimmers have already started qualifying for the 2023 County Championships. They began in a gala dubbed “Midsummer Madness” held at the UEA Sports Park in Norwich when they achieved no fewer than 36 County Qualifying times in a team represented by 20  swimmers under the auspices of Lead Coach Sam Watts

 New signing, Ellen Eccleston of Aylsham gained three county qualifying times for next years’ championships when she made the grade in the 200m events. In the backstroke she scored a 2:43.81. and there was more success  in the freestyle when she picked up her second qualifier in 2:26.09. Her best race came when the 14 year old achieved a bronze medal in a qualifying time of 3:02.02 for the breaststroke which equivocally was not her best time.

Emily Morton has began to fulfill her ambition for next year’s County Championship The 13 year old also achieved the same weighting as Ellen with  three county qualifying times and in doing so won the bronze medal  over 400m freestyle when she hit the pad in 5:27.37 Her other two qualifiers were the 50m freestyle with her 32.83 and 38.69 over the same distance for her backstroke.

It was silver for Evie Bates who is swimming fluently at the moment. Evie took part in the 400m freestyle in the 11 year age group when she also achieved a County Qualifying time  finishing with a 6:42.93 for eight lengths of the 50m pool.

It was the 400m freestyle too for  Reuben Seaman when he took the gold medal in 7.22.22. This was the first time the 9 year old had swam this demanding event. However, Reuben went onto gain a silver in the 200m Individual Medley – the event where swimmers must swim all four strokes and he improved his time by four seconds when he completed the course in 3.57.77. More medals followed for Reuben, Silvers in both  the 100m freestyle (1:38.52) and 100m backstroke (1:45.24) respectively. Over the 50m sprints he was first in breatstroke (1;00.9) and second in the butterfly (54.11) respectively

However, Reuben was thwarted by fellow Viking Toby Caufield who edged him into silver medal spot for the 50m freestyle. Toby went 42.97 to take the gold over Reuben’s 44.35 and in the 50m backstroke, Toby aged 10, just pushed Reuben into third place when Toby won silver in 50.10 from Reuben’s 50.44  – a split second ahead. The event was easily won by Lawrence Taylor of Norwich in 42.91,however.

The other Viking medal winner was Zak Edridge who came third in the 100m breastroke in 1.42.82 an improvement of six seconds.

Amy-Rose Thomas swam her very best in the 50m freestyle by achieving a personal best over the course in 40.06 and the 13 year old demonstrated how she had improved her technique when she rose to the challenge over 200m Individual medley and looked very sharp. Although she finished in 18th place Amy-Rose went 3.36.71 and as this was her first attempt at the event.

William Coop took part in no fewer than 6 events and the way William is training at the moment it comes as no shock to see him progress. By far his best placing was in the 100m breaststroke when the 14 year old touched in 12 place with his best time of 1:48.64.  Ashley Jones came 22 out of a field 33 of but more significantly was his time of 30.84 which gave the 14 year old a ticket to enter next year’s County Championships in the 50m freestyle..

There was further improvement from 14 year old Maisie Fagan by 4 seconds over the 200m freestyle when she completed the course in 2.57.00.

County Qualifying times were also achieved by Toby Caufield, Reuben Seaman, Rosa Sadler, Harry Hudson, George & Zak Edridge.

The club was also represented by Emily & Bailee Beighton, Winnie Browne, Rebecca Burrows, Esme Seaman, Sean & Caelen Godden

Vikings achieved 36 County Qualifying Times, 3 golds, 9 silvers and 6 bronze medals

Well done to all who took part!


Worth their weight in gold

The team at Thetford              In the medals Emily Morton, Emily Beighton & Rebecca Burrows

Apparently the price of gold has risen lately but North Norfolk Vikings Swimming Club have weighed in their gold already after the Warwick Thompson gala at Thetford when the club had 13 gold  medal successes. The price they received was not monetary for their medals but a just reward for their hard work, tenacity and diligence.

Reuben Seaman is swimming exceptionally well and for the last three outings he has developed some what of a Midas touch by achieving golds in all three. Thetford was no exception when he captured no fewer than five gold medals. The 9 year old from Aylsham took a huge 18 seconds off his 200m freestyle when he hit the pad in 3:35.71. Meanwhile, his elder sister Esme achieved a double silver in the 100m backstroke in 1:34.91 and in the 50m butterfly she went 51.28 respectively.

Emily Morton was on top form when the 14 year old took no fewer than four gold medals. In the 100m butterfly she not only won the gold but recorded the fastest time of the gala in I:22.65 faster than swimmers in older age groups. It was pretty much same again in the 50m freestyle when Emily again destroyed a field of forty one to record the best time over all in 31.42  .Her gold winning age group time in the 100m freestyle was the third fastest time out of all forty nine competitors when she recorded a 1:09.67. To complete the gold medal quartet she reverted back to butterfly again easily winning her 50m in 36.31.

“I think I may have been able to swim faster,so I need to concentrate more on my times rather than coming first,” remarked Emily when asked about her success. “I would really like to get a county qualifying time this year” she added.

The other Emily, Emily Beighton  came from behind to take top spot in the 200m breaststroke when she tussled with Daniel Myers of Thetford Dolphins. It was Daniel who was slightly ahead up until the last 150m but with a determined push to the finish, Emily just squeezed ahead finishing  3:31.60 over Daniel’s 3:35.95 respectively.

As expected, sibling rivalries between twin brothers, George and Zak Edridge were rejuvenated and in an exciting 200m breaststroke, Zak took the bronze medal in 3:56.34 at the expense of his brother’s agonising disqualification.  Thetford’s Roger Britcher was the worthy winner of the event in 3:33.38. However George was not deterred by this and reverting to freestyle over 100m he won gold in 1:17.52 as the two 13 year olds from Tunstead took home no fewer than 5 medals between them.

Club Captain Rebecca Burrows of Rackheath  claimed a silver medal in the 100m breaststroke in 1:17.96 from Spike Campbell-Maughan of the west Norfolk. club who was two seconds ahead of Rebecca at 50m and finished by the same margin on the final touch. However, Rebecca was not finished as the 14 year old Broadland High School student in Horning, achieved a hat-trick of bronze medals. The 100m freestyle with 1:17.96, the 200m breaststroke in 3:41.13 and the 200m backstroke in 3:03.96.

Senior, Ruby Tracey took time out from her GCSE’S to make the most of an opportunity to add another gold to her all time tally over 50m breaststroke in 39.98 . In contrast and after a lot of patience and perseverance, 11 year old Winnie Brown got her very first first medal for the club when she won the bronze  over 50m backstroke with 46.15.  and followed it up almost immediately, this time a silver in the 50m freestyle in 41.02.

There was a bronze medal apiece for both Rosa Sadler and Bailee Beighton. Rosa came third in the 50m freestyle in 47.16 and Bailee in the  100m backstroke with 1:48.71 respectively. Rasvan Platon represented Vikings in the 50m freestyle ( 44.08)  and the 50n backstroke respectively (48.37)

Vikings won 13 golds  7 silvers and 11 bronze medals

A special thank to all the swimmers who competed. If you’re not in it – you can’t win it.

First Medalists   Winnie Browne                    Rosa Sadler