Swimmers gear up to mark their centenary

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Hemel Hempstead Swimming Club celebrates its centenary this year, and the 250 members on the books today are just the latest in a long line of swimmers who have trained and competed in the town over the years.

Swimming has come a long way since 1840 when two clay ‘puddling pits’ next to the canal were converted to pools by a Mr Sandars using untreated and unheated canal water, often including fish and other wildlife – today’s swimmers in their heated, covered, chemically treated, pool don’t know how easy they’ve got it!


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