Halesworth swimmer Neil Howell competes with the best at International Masters

Halesworth swimmer Neil Howell competed in the prestigious International Masters held over three days at the magnificent Beau Sejour sports complex in Guernsey.

More than 130 competitors from the UK, Germany and Switzerland took part representing 26 clubs with competitors aged 18-85.

Among those competing were world record holders and former Olympians, including Dr Roger Allsop, who became the oldest person to swim the English Channel last year at 70. It was the ninth time Mr Howell had competed at the meeting. It was also his 99th event since 2000, including a year away from competing for a hip replacement operation.

The veteran swimmer took part in five events. He was first in the 200m, 100m and 50m breaststroke, second in the 50m backstroke and third in the 50m freestyle in his age group.

Former organiser John Eyre said: 'This is a very competitive sport and even the more senior swimmers will not have lost the will to win.'