Dolphins build on good start

Pocklington Dolphins took to the water in their second friendly gala of the season in Scarborough on 10 March

And, with a couple of last minute cry-offs, team manager Sara Redmore just managed to scrape a team together, thanks to the willingness of Louis Percy and Kevin Pickering, who stepped in at the last minute to ensure the Dolphins went with a full squad.

So, after a few last minute changes to the race schedule, it was all systems go. The Dolphins were up against five other swim clubs: Scarborough Swimming Club, Bridlington, South Holderness, Driffield and New Earswick.

The first eight races of the evening were the team medley relay, in which the Dolphins gained two first places, one second place, one fourth place and, unfortunately, four too fast.

So, a good start and something to build on - and they did just that in the next 16 races, which were the individual races, producing two first places, four second places, one third place, three fourth places, two fifth places, and only three too fast, two of which came in the men’s open category. Probably for the first time in his illustrious swimming career, one went to the evergreen Kevin Pickering (50m freestyle).

The next four races were the team breaststroke relays, where things definitely went in favour of the Dolphins, as they romped home with three first places and one second place. Then it was back to the last of the individual races, where the Dolphins had mixed results, with three first places, one second place, seven third places and five too fast.

To finish the evening’s events were the freestyle team relays and, with one first place, two second places, one third place, one fifth place and three too fast, the Dolphins had a very good night’s swimming.

A special mention must go to the Pocklington Dolphins head coach and chairman (for the last 30 years), who has made it into the last four of the prestigious Services to Sport Award to be presented at a dinner evening in Bridlington on Tuesday 8 May.

The final standings were Driffield 182pts, Pocklington Dolphins 167pts, New Earswick 167pts, Bridlington 149pts, South Holderness 98pts, and Scarborough 95pts.

There were a total of 49 personal bests swum, which went to Dan Barker (two), Louis Cameron (three), Joseph Stephenson (two), Adam Ramsden (two), Matthew Foot (two), James Wragg (two), Peter Smith (two), Karl Watson, Sam Clark (three), Sean Minto (two), Kevin Pickering, Damien Stubley, Ben Smith (two), Gemma Marshall (two), Olivia Pickering (two), Sasha Elliott-White (two), Louise Grainger (two), Imogen Minto (two), Rebecca Mardell, Laura Elliott-White, Abbie Pickering (two), Katie Hopwood, Emily Stephenson (three), Claire Briggs (two), Olivia Smith (two), Heather Briggs, and Abi Smith.

Thanks must go to all those that helped - judge, timekeepers (split), team managers and lane end helpers. If anyone has a son or daughter who is interested in joining Pocklington Dolphins, please contact the membership secretary Louise Durkin on 07903 560220 or email her at