Even in the middle of summer, swimming a mile in England’s longest lake is not something to be tackled by the novice or anyone without a lot of training and experience to draw upon.
Now and annual event, the Great North Swim is held on (or to be more accurate, in) Lake Windermere and draws entrants from across the UK and even a number of international entrants looking to challenge themselves in the chilly waters.
Fairoak Board Member Naomi Fell decided that she would take on the challenge herself this year, with the added incentive of raising funds for Friends of Fairaok.
Unlike the previous year when the Great North Swim had to be cancelled due to terrible weather conditions, there was plenty of sunshine to welcome this year’s entrants for the various races from 1/2 mile to 10k.
Naomi completed the swim in a time of 44 minutes and 38 seconds, here wonderful effort raising an incredible £3,200 for the Friends of Fairoak.
“We are all so proud of Naomi and more than just a little bit blown away by both her achievement in the water as well as the amount of money she raised.” says Fairoak Housing Director, Lisa Chant. “A mile may not seem far when riding a bike or even walking, but open water swimming in a lake with hundreds of others is a real challenge.”
“We’re so very thankful to Naomi for taking part in the Great North Swim and am sure her endeavours will inspire to others to take on their own fundraising challenge for Friends of Fairoak.”