A GROUP of experienced outdoor swimmers are gearing up for their latest challenge – swimming from one part of South Derbyshire to another along the River Trent in a matter of hours.
The Trent Challenge takes place on Sunday, June 29 and will see swimmers start from Willington Bridge and finish at Swarkestone Bridge – a total of 11.6km.
In a recent test swim, organisers covered the distance in around two hours.
Sarah Lewis, a member of the Outdoor Swimming Society, said: “We have been swimming the River Trent for more than two years and decided that we would do a yearly 11k swim.
“Most swims of this distance are held in the south of the country and it would be fitting to have a central one, in the Midlands
“This year the swim will be the first of its type, to ascertain its popularity, hoping that in following years we can repeat the event raising money for local charities.
“The swim is by no means a race but to enjoy a beautiful river that runs through the middle of England, enjoying the scenery and tranquillity of the River Trent
“Swimmers can swim the whole length, or exit at the refuelling station or swim the last section.
“Swimmers are able to exit the river at numerous points and most of the swim you can touch the base of the river. There are no weirs or obstacles on this stretch, although you see the occasional tree branch pass by you.
“Wetsuits would be optional though each person swims at their own risk and has to be capable of swimming the distance with relevant outdoor swimming experience.
“Bright hats and footwear are essential for safety.
“People would be encouraged to swim and keep in a group that was relevant to their speeds.”
More information on the event is available by visiting www.outdoorswimming society.com