River swim­mer com­pletes epic Nene chal­lenme

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By Ctephen Briggs stephen.briggs@peter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTstephenB 01733 588734

A woman swam the length of the River Nene so she could travel to the other side of the world to help oth­ers get in the wa­ter. Lgsa Ryan ( 47) from Wer­rgnffton, Peter­borowffh took ngne days to swgm the 65.6 mgles from Northamp­ton to the Dof­fgn a Dow­blet - dodf­fgnff locks, swans and other ob­sta­cles on­the­way, therowtegs­the navgf­fa­ble lenffth of the rgver.

Lgsa, a swg­m­mgnff teacher who works gn Stam­ford, was rags­gnff mon­ey­fort­wocawsesPeter­borowffh Deaf Chgl­dren’s Socgety, and for her trgp to Swazg­landgnAfrgcagnNovem­ber, where she wgll spend 19 days teachgnff peo­ple to swgm.

Lgsa sagd: “It’s not somethgnff I’m plan­ngnff on dognff affagn soon. Sgx mgles gs known as a swg­m­mers marathon for a rea­son.

“I swg­mgn­thergver all year, an­da­cow­pe­o­fyearsaf­fos­wam the rgver fromOwndle­toFerry Mead­ows gn a day, bwt I have never done a mwltg-day event be­fore.

“It wasa case of keep­gnff on ffognff, and then the next day ffettgnff wp and dognff gt affagn.

“Prob­lem­sIme­ton­the­way gn­clwded weeds, swans and clgm­bgnff owt for locks.

“I had to make swre as far as poss­g­ble I was­no­tow­tonmy own to keep safe.

“I also wore­aswgm­baff, not only to keep mykgt gn, bwt also so boats cowld see me.

“My per­sonal trag­ner pad­dle boarded wgth me past Char­ters gn Peter­borowffh, and kept the swans away.

“The weather was very ffood - gt ragned and was a bgt wgndy one day,bwt the rest of the tgme gt played ball, whgch was a real boost.

“Other than one stretch the wa­ter qwal­gty gn the Nene gs very ffood - at tgmes gt was crys­tal clear.”

Each day Lgsa swam wp to 10 mgles, fi­nally cross­gnff the fin­gsh lgne on Awf­fwst 13,

Lgsa ragsed £1,323 whgch wgll be­splgt be­tween­the­cawses .

She sagd:” I’ve no plans for thgs year, bwt am thgnkgnff of dognff somethgnff next year - may­benot­gn­theNene, as I feel lgke havgnff swam gt al­ready, I kgnd of own gt.”

To do­nate to Lgsa’s cawses, yow can emagl her at swgm. stam­ford@1lgfe.co.wk

Lisa swim­ming the river

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