Places for cross-Solent swim are snapped up

DIVING IN Anna Wardley at the cross-Solent swim launch
DIVING IN Anna Wardley at the cross-Solent swim launch

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ENDURANCE swimmer Anna Wardley has received a huge response after launching a charity cross-Solent swim.

The 38-year-old says more than half of the 24 places for the Gosport to the Isle of Wight route have been taken.

Anna, who swam round the Isle of Wight and four other islands for charity, said: ‘We could not have had a better first week, interest has been really high and so has the level of swimmers who want to take on this challenge.

‘It shows how many keen swimmers there are out there.

‘I am urging people who want to have a crack at this classic to sign up now to avoid disappointment.’

As reported, Anna set up the inaugural Solent Swim Challenge to help raise cash for the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust.

Swimmers will travel 2.5 nautical miles from Stokes Bay to Ryde Sands on the Isle of Wight on August 17.

Anna and her firm, Seagrass Communications, will provide the logistics, management and safety support as they did for her own Five Island Swim Challenge.

Clare Ryan from the charity said: ‘We’re thrilled with the response so far.

‘If anyone’s looking for an open water swimming challenge this summer then this is definitely the one to go for.

‘The event will be great fun and the funds raised will help the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust take more people in recovery from cancer sailing.’

To sign up contact Clare on or 01983 297750.