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Weymouth Swimmer Takes On Lake Zurich

Loch Ness Swim Andrea

7:21am 7th August 2014
(Updated 8:05am 7th August 2014)

Some of us can just about brave a dip in the sea on the hottest day of the year.

But one Swimmer from Weymouth has decided to tackle Loch Ness and Lake Zurich - all in aid of Julia's House Children's Hospice. Andrea Hawkins has already completed the first part of the challenge, as part of a 4 person relay, but is flying off to Switzerland on her own for the final leg.

According to the British Long Distance Swimming Association, Andrea's swim in Loch Ness was the first recorded completion in its entirety by a four person relay team, and they're hoping the achievement will also become a Guinness World Record.

Andrea said she had always had an interest in swimming: "I first started swimming the Weymouth Bay, which was a mile, and at that time it was a long way for me. I'd always go swimming in the pool and enjoyed swimming, but I hadn't really swam any distance.

"Over the years I've got quicker and quicker and I thought 'well I've done a mile, I want to do something a bit further now' so then I did Brownsea Island and a relay across the English Channel."

She also said her family had been by her side, cheering her on: "They've been very supportive and they were there for Loch Ness. They had been waiting for hours for me to reach the shore. You just need them at the end of the endurance swimming."

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