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Britain’s best Masters and Senior swimmers ready to do battle

Just under 1,000 of Britain’s best Masters and Senior swimmers will be descending on Ponds Forge this weekend.

They’ll all be looking for a medal – and maybe even a record – as they battle it out at the British Gas ASA Masters and Senior Age Group Championships.

Ones to watch include Jean Howard-Jones (Spencer Swim Team) who already has an impressive medal haul for 2010, including three silver and two bronze medals at the FINA World Masters Championships in Gothenburg. Read more about her in the event programme – available at Ponds Forge.

“I’m looking to compete well in Sheffield and hopefully win everything I go in for," said Jean Howard-Jones. 

In the women’s events also look out for the likes of other World Champions Frances Penwarden (Croydon Amphibians), Judith Hattle (Carlisle), Nicola Latty (Oundle and District) and Katie Birchall (Co Liverpool).

Thomas Walker (Co Chester) will be hoping to emulate his performances from the British Gas Masters Championships earlier this year. He broke the European record in the Men’s 75-79 years 200m Breaststroke, and also medalled at the World Champs. Thomas’s wife, Brenda, will also be competing and they are just one of many husbands and wives competing. 

Other men hoping to make an impression in their age category include Derek Parr (Otter), Graham Pearson (Carlisle), Geoff Stokes (Spencer),  Arthur Lowe (Birmingham) and David Cumming (Eastbourne).

Also keep an eye open for the oldest competitors in the men’s and women’s races, 85-year-old Joseph Byrom (Co Leeds) and 83-year-old Susan Halter (Camden Swiss).

For start lists and for full results (from 13.00hrs Friday 29th October) click here.

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