CITY of Chester Swimming Club veterans proved their enduring class with a series of stunning displays at the British Masters and Senior Age Group Championships.
Nearly 600 swimmers descended on the Cardiff International 50m Pool for a weekend packed with spectacular swims and a whole of host of personal-best times – and the Chester club had more reason to cheer than most.
Leading their charge was brilliant Brenda Walker. She won four gold medals in the 70-74 women’s 50m, 100m and 200 backstroke as well as the 200m individual medley. She also claimed 100m freestyle silver with a PB time.
Following hot on Brenda’s heels in the gold medal stakes was her husband Tom. He won the 70-74 men’s 100m and 200m breaststroke and finished second in the 50m breaststroke, 200m backstroke and 200m individual medley.
Eleanor Debenham swam an amazing 31-second PB to strike gold in the 25-29 women’s 1,500m freestyle. Still tired from that performance, she had to settle for 13th in the 200m freestyle.
Greg Banham won bronze medals in the 35-39 men’s 800m freestyle and 50m breaststroke as well as swimming a nine-second PB to finish fourth in the 400m freestyle. Greg, who had competed in the Dee Mile earlier in the week, also came fifth in the 200m freestyle and seventh in the 50m freestyle.
Marathon man Tony Fields swam eight events in the men’s 60-64 age group. He was fourth in the 200m breaststroke, fifth in the 50m breaststroke, 200m individual medley, 100m freestyle and 100m backstroke – the latter in a 10-second PB. He was also seventh in the 50m freestyle, 100m breaststroke and 50m backstroke.
Colette Hayes swam a nine-second PB to take eighth in the 55-59 women’s 1,500m freestyle while Caroline Bell, representing British Police, won 25-29 women’s 100m breaststroke bronze.