Anna Wardley is ready for Balearic challenge

Endurance swimmer Anna Wardley announces her latest feat, swimming between the Balearic Islands and then to mainland Spain''Picture: Steve Reid  /Blitz Photography

Endurance swimmer Anna Wardley announces her latest feat, swimming between the Balearic Islands and then to mainland Spain''Picture: Steve Reid /Blitz Photography

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  • Anna Wardley is excited for her 133-mile swimming challenge
  • The expert swimmer will be swimming between Menorca, Majorca, Ibiza and mainland Spain
  • She will be the first person to attempt the challenge
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MORE than 130 miles of the Mediterranean Sea stand between Anna Wardley and her biggest swimming challenge yet.

The experienced swimmer will take to the water and go from Menorca to Majorca, then Ibiza and finally on to mainland Spain becoming the first person to attempt the journey.

The challenge is 133 miles long and will be the furthest distance Anna, from Gosport, has swum with the final and longest leg standing at 55 miles.

The 39-year-old said: ‘I’m really excited to be doing the challenge because it is completely new and it has never been done before.

‘I love to have a goal and something to work towards.

‘It is exciting and great to have a project.’

I am really excited to be doing the challenge because it is completely new and it has never been done by someone before.

Anna Wardley

Anna’s last swim challenge was in 2013 when she swam around the Isle of Wight as part of her Five Island Swim Challenge.

She also swam around Dragonera, Portsea Island, Jersey and the Isle of Tiree.

Anna added: ‘After I finished the Five Island Swim I decided to take a break.

‘I have been doing swims in Majorca and the Mediterranean is so lovely to swim in.

‘It’s warm and you can see the fish and turtles so it is really enjoyable.

‘I have been spending a lot of time in Mallorca because my company Seagrass has an office based there.

‘So the challenge combines two big areas of my life.’

Anna will be doing the first leg of the swim, which is 22 miles, at the end of September and beginning of October.

She will then take a break before starting the second leg of 54 miles in November and finishing the challenge in December.

She said: ‘People always ask me why I am doing it in winter when the Mediterranean is so nice in the summer.

‘But in August, the water can reach 28C which is like swimming in a hot bath.

‘Plus, the warm weather attracts jellyfish and you do not want to be swimming among jellyfish.’

Anna will also be fundraising for charity during her swim and she is looking at possible organisations and groups at the moment.

Her Five Island Swim Challenge raised £65,000 for Samaritans, the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust and Sail Africa.

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