THE former captain of an Oswestry swimming club has retained his title in an extreme swimming challenge event and set a record in the process.

Dan Jones, who used to captain Oswestry Otters swimming club, won the Red Bull Neptune Steps Extreme Swim Challenge in Glasgow last weekend.

The 22-year-old entered the event for the first time in 2018 and came away with the title after never having done any open water swimming before.

Now based in Swansea, the National Welsh Swimmer took on 599 other athletes last year and returned this year in an attempt to come out on top again.

The event consists of 420 metres of swimming in sections of St Marys locks canal, with obstacle climbs to get over the locks between the swims a total of 10.5m of climbs rope ladders and climbing walls, all with canal water weighing them down.

Dan did the course three times in all, competing in heats, semi-finals and then the final in which the fasted 20 swimmers competed.

He was crowned the champion again this year after setting a new course record in the final.

He hasn’t done any open water swimming since last year, however Dan trains full-time at Welsh National Pool in Swansea.

Next up for Dan is the British Swimming Championships in Edinburgh.