Anna Wardley, who is due to swim around the Isle of Wight in aid of the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, the Samaritans and Sail Africa. Picture by Laura Holme.
ENDURANCE swimmer, Anna Wardley, who next month hopes to become the first woman to swim around the Isle of Wight, was forced to give up her latest challenge this week.
Anna , 37, from Gosport, hoped to be the first person to swim around the Scottish island of Tiree in the Inner Hebrides, but 16hr 9min — and 22 miles — into the 30 mile challenge, she was forced to retire.
Anna was hallucinating and was so cold her chattering teeth were preventing her from breathing properly.
The round Tiree swim was the fourth in the 37-year-old’s Five Island Swim Challenge, which has already seen her successfully circumnavigate Dragonera off the coast of Mallorca (6.2 miles) and Portsea Island (13 miles).
In June Anna, who lives in Gosport, became the first person this year to successfully swim the 41 miles around Jersey.
Her Five Island Swim Challenge is raising £50,000, and awareness, for three charities close to her heart — The Samaritans, the Cowes-based Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust and Sail Africa.
More information is at www.annawardley.com