Anna announces start time for final big swim

SWIMMER Anna Wardley
SWIMMER Anna Wardley
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IMPRESSIVE Anna Wardley is due to start her final 30-hour island swim tomorrow.

The 37-year-old, from Gosport, is set to swim solo and non-stop around the Isle of Wight – becoming only the fourth person ever to do so.

She starts at 10.15am at Ryde Sands and should finish the 56-mile swim in 30 hours.

Only three people have done so before – the last in 1984.

As reported, it is Anna’s final task in her two-year Five Island Swim Challenge.

She has swum around Portsea, Jersey and much of Tiree in Scotland, but was forced to quit that swim after 20 out of 30 miles on August 13 due to sea conditions and trouble with jellyfish.

She said: ‘It’s been nearly 30 years since this challenge was last successfully completed, so I’m under no illusions how tough it will be.

‘There will be a time when I’ll be swimming against the tide through the night, almost on the spot for hours.

‘However just knowing people are thinking of me and willing me on will definitely help when the going gets really tough.’

Anna, who is sponsored by Navitus Bay, is raising cash for the Samaritans, the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust and Sail Africa.