Tara swims Lake Windermere - twice!
PUBLISHED: 19:48 11 August 2010 | UPDATED: 19:48 11 August 2010
EXMOUTH Swimming and Life Saving Society swimmer Tara Dudley completed an ultra long distance swim last week.
Tara Dudley swam Lake Windermere two ways, last Wednesday.
Dudley started the swim at 5.45am in the morning and finished at 6.00pm in the evening having swum 10.5 miles up the lake and then turning around and swimming back down the lake to complete a 21 mile swim in 12 hours 15 minutes.
Dudley is training to swim the Channel in 2012 and this swim matched the Channel for distance with Exmouth Channel swimmers Olly White and Mark Westaway also completing 2-way Windermere marathon swims before their successful Channel swims.
Dudley was accompanied down the lake by two kayaks with crews swapping regularly.
Gemma Franks, Sam Lander, Adam Tapp and Olly White accompanied her for the duration of the swim. Ian Lang and Jamie Page provided ground support transporting kit and kayakers down the lake and monitoring Tara’s progress and staying in contact with the Lake warden.
Dudley’s parents were also there to watch her complete the swim in style with her exiting the water in as good a shape as when she began over 12 hours before.
Dudley had good conditions for the first sections of her swim, but ,later on in the day, as she approached the finish, she had to endure some stormy and choppy conditions to make it to the end.
The day after Dudley’s swim, two of her training partners Ian Lang and Jamie Page swam a one way swim of the Lake.
Page is also due to swim the channel in 2012 and Lang also has ambitions to swim to France in the future.
The swimmers swam the gruelling 10.5 miles in a time of 5 hours 15minutes for Lang and 5 hours 16 minutes for Page, having swum down the length of the whole Lake almost side by side.
They were accompanied by Gemma Franks and Olly White on the lake whilst Dudley, Lander and Tapp followed down the shore of the lake.