This August bank holiday weekend, charity swimmer Helen Smith will push her open water swimming limits by attempting to swim Loch Ness watched by hundreds of “Nessie” enthusiasts
A charity fundraiser is about to push her open water swimming limits by attempting to swim Loch Ness watched by hundreds of “Nessie” enthusiasts.
Later this week Helen Smith from Watford will head to Scotland for a solo swim that’s considered notoriously difficult and dangerous.
Her challenge will coincide with what’s expected to be the biggest hunt for the Loch Ness Monster for more than 50 years, as Nessie fans from around the world converge on the shores of the freshwater loch.
“I’ll certainly have an audience and, monsters aside, there’ll be some very real things for me to worry about such as the water temperature, which is particularly cold at night-time,” said Helen. “Loch Ness is listed among the very tough marathon swims and certainly one that isn’t to be taken lightly.”
Even if conditions are relatively calm, the 22-mile Loch Ness swim could take as long as 16 hours.
She is hoping for ideal weather conditions on the loch between Sunday 27 August and Saturday 2 September.
Helen’s swimming sister Hayley Brant will be part of her support team. Last year the sisters swam Windermere, Ullswater and Coniston Water in Cumbria over three days, a distance of 24 miles. Previously their longest swim was across the English Channel.
“Loch Ness will certainly push my limits but I’m really looking forward to it,” added Helen.
“The catalyst was the death of our younger sister, Heather, who had a heart condition and then the suicide of her son Charlie, our nephew. We hope to create a legacy for them and raise money to help others.”
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