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Matt goes the distance in Berlin (Posted on Monday, 28 September 2015)
Congratulations to Matt Steere who completed his first Marathon in Berlin on Sunday. Matt who has never run further than a half marathon before finished the course in an extremely impressive 3 hours 40 minutes. Averaging a 5:09km pace Matt did a negative split on the half. Burning off around 3,700 calories during the race he well deserved his Dairy Milk treat.

Well done Matt!
Hever Castle Tri Weekend (Posted on Monday, 28 September 2015)
Congratulations to all our swimmers who raced at Hever Castle at the weekend.

We had a number of youngsters entering their first triathlon, the Childrens Triathlon for 8-10 year olds. The race is made up of 100m swim, 4km bike and finishes with 1.3k run with 641 racers and is considered the worlds largest children’s triathlon.
Competing were:
Alessio Tutt finished 30th in 33mins 9secs (3rd fastest swim);
Fraser Lile finished 48th in 33mins 59secs;
Cara Gould finished 119th in 37mins 24secs;
Matthew Bryant finished 151st in 38mins 37secs;
Abby Lile finished 247th in 41mins 14secs;
Amie Gould finished 316th in 43mins 30secs;
Anais Van Rooyen finished 623rd in 1hour 2mins 25secs.

Will Dennis entered the children’s 11-12 years and finished 200m swim 4k bike and 2krun in 48th from 339 in 38mins 2secs.

Racing in the Super Sprint, 400swim 20k bike and 4k run, was Julie Lile who finished 762nd from 1049 in 1hour 47mins and 58secs.

Ben Cockburn entered The Gaunlet which is a half ironman, consisting of 1.9k swim a 90k bike and 21k (half marathon) run. Ben finished an amazing 7th from 496 in 5 hours 7 minutes and 49 seconds.

Well done to all who entered the events. We hope you had a great day and enjoyed yourselves. Special thanks to Alessio and Ben for entering under the Orpington Ojays banner.
WHITE HORSE LEAGUE - FINAL ROUND (Posted on Monday, 21 September 2015)
Last Saturday Ojays returned to the London Aquatic Centre for the last round of white horse league. After unfortunate technical issues that resulted in numerous false starts and two race redos, the team performed their best with a new club record and plenty of pb's. A huge congratulations to Jess Sellar who broke the 50m fly record in a time of 31.48 seconds. The team relays also generated massive support despite having people swim up! We held our own against clubs twice the size and age of our own swimmers. Ojays came 4th in this last round which resulted in an overall place of 5th. Congratulations once again to all the swimmers and bring on the next gala!
Kent Junior League - Round 1 (Posted on Wednesday, 16 September 2015)
Congratulations to the loud and proud Kent Junior League team for some excellent results on Saturday evening at Sevenoaks Leisure centre, with a ten point improvement on the last Kent Junior League gala. The overall result was 5th place, missing out on 4th by just one point to Saxon Crown. There were some great swims and lots of pb’s despite several people feeling under the weather and a special mention goes to Rachel Langdown for stepping in to do the 200 IM once again, and also Lilli Cutajar for stepping up for the 100m Butterfly. The squadron relay is always an exciting race and Ojays’ team spirit must be commended as we took the roof off, with everyone up and cheering for the 8 swimmers racing. Looking forward to the next Kent Junior League where we hope to get that 4th place!
Captains Gala 2015 (Posted on Sunday, 06 September 2015)
Congratulations to the joint winners of this years Captains' Gala: Ben Strover with his team Ben's Bananas, and Samuel Gaster with his team Samuel's Mackerels. Well done also to the runners up Kate Ridley with her team Kate's Krew and Katie Napier with her team Napier's Nemos. Thank you to all parents and swimmers for supporting this years Captains' Gala. Also a big thank you to outgoing captain Chloe Ashley, coaches Dave and Gina and team managers for organising today's event so well.
Summer Barbeque (Posted on Wednesday, 26 August 2015)
On Sunday, despite the Great British weather doing its best to put a dampener on the afternoon, the summer BBQ was a great afternoon of indoor and then outdoor games. We had delicious BBQ food cooked to perfection by Malcolm and Neale, and a great season starter social event.

Heavy rain meant indoor games including a card school and table tennis were the order of the day. After hot dogs and burgers were eaten the sun shined upon us and outdoor games started including an adults vs kids football game and finishing with the notorious "egg throwing game". Many finished the day with literally egg on their faces!!!

Great fun afternoon - thanks to all who supported the event.
New Captains (Posted on Tuesday, 25 August 2015)
The new 2015/16 captains were announced on Sunday at the summer BBQ - congratulations to : Girls Captain: Kate Ridley, Vice captain Katie Napier, Boys Captain : Ben Strover and Vice Captain Samuel Gaster. We wish them all the best for the new season and thank our out going Captains Chloe Ashley, Issie Minter-Paye and Louis Goff.

Please do support your new Captains by signing your name on the notice board for the fun Captains gala on 6th September.
IronMan number 2 for Siobhan (Posted on Monday, 17 August 2015)
Congratulations to Siobhan Curtis, Masters squad swimmer and Top Squad land training instructor, completing her second IronMan! This time Siobhan travelled to Sweden for the Kalmar event. With the experience gained from her first in Brazil Siobhan was able to take over an hour off her previous time and finished the course in 11 hours 53 minutes.

An IronMan consists of a 2.4 mile swim, then a 112 mile bike ride, then a 26.2 mile run!

An amazing achievement Siobhan, well done!
London Youth Games (Posted on Monday, 17 August 2015)
Orpington Ojays were well represented at this year’s London Youth Games. This high profile competition sees all 33 London Boroughs entering teams across a wide range of sports, including swimming. Eddie Sellar took part in the mini games swimming event where Bromley came an impressive 2nd. In the secondary school age groups top squad swimmers Niamh Laker, Kate Ridley and Katie Napier all swam for the Bromley girls team contributing to a fantastic second place overall.

Top squad swimmer Jess Sellar also took part in the games, playing hockey for the Bromley team who came an impressive third overall. Justin Strover, Jess & Eddie Sellar also competed in the first event of the LYG events back in November in the Cross Country Running event at Parliament Hill. All ran well helping Bromley achieve 1st place in boys u13, 2nd place U11 boys and girls U15 3rd.

Well done all!
Matt wins at Bewl Water (Posted on Monday, 10 August 2015)
On Sunday, three Masters swimmers, Matt Steere, Niki Herbert and Meg Forbes, also competed at Bewl Water Reservoir in the 3.8k open water event. With wetsuits optional the Masters girls once again chose to swim in just costumes!

A beautiful morning for a race and Matt went out fast and with one aim, no doubt spurred on by Ben’s win the day before, to take the top position and win the event. Matt was successful and finished the race in 47:59.95 over 5 minutes ahead of 2nd place! Niki finished in 18th overall and was the third female in a time of 1:10:23.15 with Meg finishing 23rd overall and the 5th female in a time of 1:12:52.90.

Although it’s an early start, 07:00 on a Sunday, the event is a fun and friendly race with warm water and no currents so is a great event to try out open water racing, especially as there is a 1.9k race as well.

Congratulations to Matt and the girls; fantastic results. Podium finishes mean that Matt and Nicki are automatically entered into next year’s race.