SWIMMER Anna Wardley took just three hours to cross 12 miles of water in a practice swim around the Isle of Wight.
The 37-year-old from Gosport swam the 12.5-mile distance between Cowes and The Needles.
It is in preparation for her swim around the island later this year as part of her Five Island Swim Challenge.
She said: ‘It didn’t take as long as I expected it to. It was good. Swimming past The Needles was fantastic.
‘It’s something I have been thinking about a lot when I have been planning to do the swim around the Isle of Wight.
‘It’s such an iconic thing. To do that for the first time was amazing.’
Anna will swim 30 miles around the Isle of Tiree in Scotland in August before swimming 60 miles around the Isle of Wight in September.