SWIMMING: Newbury masters coach and team captain Dave Milburn stormed to a brace of gold medals in the British Masters Championships held at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge.
He was one of three Newbury swimmers in action, winning the 100 and 200 metres breaststroke events in the 50-54 age group as he successfully defended the titles he had won the previous year.
His times of 1 minute 12.66 seconds and 2:24.72 were just outside his four-year old British records but were more than eight seconds faster than the silver medal winner in the 200m and in excess of three seconds ahead of the nest finisher in the 100m.
Milburn’s next target is the European Masters Championships in London next month, when Newbury will have eight swimmers competing.
Also at Sheffield, Liz Pudney set a personal best of 12:16.08 on her way to finishing seventh in the 800m freestyle for 40-49 year ladies, and Peter Gower, racing in the 40-44 age group, was eighth in the 200m freestyle in a time 2:24.72 and 12th in the 50m freestyle with a time of 29.31 seconds.