Anna lines up her next challenge

SUCCESS Anna during Tuesday's swim around Portsea Island. Picture: Steve Reid (122083-617)
SUCCESS Anna during Tuesday's swim around Portsea Island. Picture: Steve Reid (122083-617)
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AS IF swimming 13 miles around Portsea Island in bitterly cold water wasn’t enough, Anna Wardley is already preparing for her next adventure.

On Tuesday, the 36-year-old from Gosport became the first person to complete a solo swim recognised by the British Long Distance Swimming Association around Portsmouth.

In her Five Island Swim Challenge, over two years Anna is swimming around five islands covering a total of 150 miles to raise funds for the Samaritans, Toe in the Water and Sail Africa.

Her next big swim will see her take on Jersey in the Channel Islands in June next year.

‘I feel like I need a break at the moment,’ Anna said.

‘I will be doing lots of training in the winter in the pool and in the sea during the spring.

‘They will be really tough.

‘They get progressively harder.

‘I did it in this way so each one helps me prepare for the next one.

‘Jersey is about 41 miles so that’s over three times the distance of Portsea Island. It’s a lot further and there will be stronger tides.

‘But I will just train harder to prepare.

‘I know what the target is and how long I need to swim for.

‘I will be doing lots of longer swims to get myself ready.’

Since taking up open water swimming in 2007, she has crossed the English Channel, the Strait of Gibraltar and the Hellespont Straits between Europe and Asia, raising more than £35,000 for charity in the process.

Last month, Anna started her latest campaign of extreme swims when she swam round the island of Dragonera off the south west coast of Mallorca.

The other two swims comprise Tiree in the Inner Hebrides in Scotland in August next year followed by the Isle of Wight in September.