Melissa bids to swim UK’s long­est river

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Watts The Goss - BY KAREN ROCKETT

A NURSE has vowed to swim the UK’s long­est river in just three weeks.

Melissa Comp­ton, 39, started her epic jour­ney along the length of the 220-mile Sev­ern this week.

If she pulls it off she will be the first woman to swim the entirety of the river and the first per­son to do it with­out a wet­suit.

She be­gan from the Sev­ern’s source on a Welsh moun­tain and hopes to reach the Bris­tol Chan­nel.

Melissa, an in­ten­sive care nurse at Royal Shrews­bury Hos­pi­tal, said: “I was di­ag­nosed with os­teoarthri­tis in my knee.

“A friend sug­gested swim­ming. Now the River Sev­ern has be­come al­most like a sec­ond home.”

So far Melissa has raised al­most £2,000 for char­ity Versus Arthri­tis.

MIS­SION Melissa Comp­ton

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