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A successful day one at the Masters National Championships as more records tumble

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The first event of the final session on day one of the Masters National Championships saw two British records fall.

First the Birmingham M team of Liam Hertbert, Matthew James, Justine Clark and Katie, Walker-Stabeler, clocked 4:13.05 to set a new best in the 100+ years category of the 400m Medley team event.

Then the 200+ age group team from Guildford City broke the British record with their time of 4:32.78.

Their winning team was made up of Michelle Ware, David Bryant, Michael Hodgson and Lynda Coggins.

Leicester Penguins touched second in a time of 4:40.08 while the Team from Teddington finished third (4:43.46).

Fame for Fordham

Alyson Fordham finished five seconds clear of the field in the Women’s 100m Freestyle 60-64 age group as she set a new British record.

The Romford Town swimmer clocked 1:08.00, ahead of City of Oxford’s Margaret Smith who touched in 1:13.01.

Lindsey Gowland, of B C and P Masters, finished in third place with 1:13.46.

In the 45-49 age group of the same event, Michelle Ware, from Guildford City, also broke a British record with her time of 1:00.19.

Helen Sadler, of Trafford Met, clocked 1:02.67 to take the silver medal, while Helen Gorman, of Cardiff Masters, finished just behind in a time of 1:02.80.

Reynolds brings home the goods

Mark Reynolds secured a British record in the Men’s 100m Freestyle 55-59 age group.

The Barnet Copthall swimmer took the record in a time of 55.92, ahead of Trafford Met’s Alec Johnson (56.96).

Bronze was won by Russell Mason, of Warrington M, in a time of 58.18.

The final record of day one was in the 40-44 age group as Ben Harkin, of Warrington M, touched home in 52.18 to set a new British best.

Harkin finished just ahead of team mate Trevor Eland, who clocked 53.68, while Neal Smith, of Kenilworth M, took third in a time of 54.21.