Clitheroe’s Jones builds on last years swimming success

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CLITHEROE swimmer Peter Jones has built on his successful 2010 with a British record and four North West Masters gold medals.

Following on from last year, when he appeared in the FINA World Masters top 10 in five events, Jones took part in the Senior Age Groups and Masters Long Course Championships at Leeds.

Swimming in the 40 to 44 years age group, his time of 1.03.11 in the 100-metre backstroke took .29 off his own British record, achieved in Sweden at the 2010 World Masters Championships.

Jones also took gold in the 50-metre backstroke and silver in the 200-metre backstroke events at Leeds.

Although he tends to specialise in backstroke events, he decided to have a go at the very popular 50-metre freestyle and surprised himself by winning it in a personal best time of 25.47, only .24 seconds slower than the British record.

With only a week’s rest, the Clitheroe swimmer then competed in the North West Masters Short Course Swimming Championships at Blackpool, where he achieved gold in all the events he entered – the 50, 100 and 200-metre backstroke and the 50-metre freestyle.

In all it has been a memorable summer for Jones who was invited to attend a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in recognition of his sporting achievements.