Cross-Solent swim for IW sailing charity

By Richard Wright

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

 

Cross-Solent swim for IW sailing charity

Anna Wardley, right, with Clare Ryan, of the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust launch the Solent Swim Challenge to Ryde. Picture: Seagrass - Matt Scott-Joynt

ROUND-the-Island swimmer Anna Wardley is set to make an even bigger splash for charity cash.

The Island endurance swim in the summer, part of her Five Island Swim Challenge, has now spawned the Solent Swim Challenge.

One of Anna’s Five Islands charities was the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust and her latest venture again teams up with the Island charity, which takes young people aged between eight and 24 sailing, to help them regain their confidence on their way to recovery from cancer.

The cross-Solent swim is designed for those who would like to tackle an open-water route, backed up by a support team, headed by representatives from her company, Seagrass Communications.

Dame Ellen said: "The swimmers taking on this challenge will not only be helping the charity but will gain invaluable experience learning from and swimming with Anna, an inspirational woman who is undeniably one of the lead open water swimmers in the country."

The 2.5 nautical mile Solent swim is on Sunday, August 17, from Stokes Bay, Gosport, to Ryde Sands.

Anna, and Clare Ryan, from the trust, along with members of the support team, launched the event on the beach at Gosport, on Monday.

There are 24 places and swimmers are asked to raise at least £700, with £200 payable on registration.

To receive a registration packs e-mail clare.ryan@ emcancertrust.org or phone 297750.

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