Butterfly stroke all the way to the Isle of Wight!

MAKING A SPLASH Swimmers take part in a gala evening at Waterlooville Swimming Pool in memory of Chris Hunt who died from a heart attack while swimming in the pool in 2007. Inset pictured Chris's mum and dad, Charles and Marguerite Hunt. Pictures: Ian Hargreaves (1338-01 & 1338-06)
MAKING A SPLASH Swimmers take part in a gala evening at Waterlooville Swimming Pool in memory of Chris Hunt who died from a heart attack while swimming in the pool in 2007. Inset pictured Chris's mum and dad, Charles and Marguerite Hunt. Pictures: Ian Hargreaves (1338-01 & 1338-06)
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THEY travelled the distance of going around the Isle of Wight – but all from a swimming pool.

The sixth annual Chris Hunt Memorial Challenge took place at the Horizon Leisure Centre, in Waterlooville.

Chris Hunt's mum and dad, Charles and Marguerite Hunt. Pictures: Ian Hargreaves (1338-06)

Chris Hunt's mum and dad, Charles and Marguerite Hunt. Pictures: Ian Hargreaves (1338-06)

Mr Hunt suffered from a heart attack and died at the pool in 2007.

Since then friends have set up a memorial swim to be held annually in his memory.

This time swimmers had to clock up 58 miles – the equivalent of swimming around the Isle of Wight – in two hours.

Sue Dewar, 66, of Oaklands Road, Havant, said: ‘Chris was my friend and we used to go to galas and swim meetings together.

‘I always come along to this because it’s very important to me to keep his memory alive.

‘It’s great to see children and parents here supporting the cause.’

Usually each year swimmers must complete the challenge doing butterfly – Mr Hunt’s favourite stroke.

But this year a lane was opened up for people to swim how they like, so more people could get involved.

In all 120 swimmers took part in the event.

Mr Hunt’s parents Marguerite, 71, and Charles, 85, came along to show their support.

Mrs Hunt said: ‘There was a very good turnout and it’s always good to see the little ones here.

‘Chris loved swimming and started when he was 13.

‘Over the years he collected more than 400 medals.’

Mr Hunt, who was a member of Havant and Waterlooville Swimming Club, used to swim regularly in the sea off Hayling Island as he trained for sea races, which included swimming from Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight.

Swimmers paid £4 to enter the weekend’s event, with money going to Diabetes UK.

Head coach Graham Pople said: ‘This is the sixth year we did this, and the event is getting bigger and stronger each year.

‘It’s great to see a mix of ages taking part.’