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Swiss lake challenge for intrepid swimmer

Published 10/07/2014

A brave swimmer is training to cross a huge Swiss lake to raise money for Derby Hospitals.

Clive Smith, 45, will attempt the 26.4 kilometre swim from Rapperswil to Zurich next month and is aiming to raise £2,000 for Derby Hospitals Charity.  

It is estimated the crossing will take between 8 and 9 hours depending upon conditions and Clive’s own navigational skills on the day.  

It is a distance equivalent to swimming 1,056 lengths of a local pool - without stopping.

A canoe will accompany Clive throughout the swim and assist with drinking and feeding although no actual contact is allowed.

The swim attracts swimmers from all around the world with Clive swimming in the non wetsuit 40+ age group category against individuals from Australia, Germany and Italy to name but a few.

In preparation for Zurich Clive is undertaking lengthy pool sessions, open water training and has successfully completed a 10K race in Lake Dorney, the venue for the 2012 Olympic Rowing event.

Clive only started swimming competitively in his mid 30’s after joining the Masters section at the Etwall Eagles club and since then he has become a qualified swimming teacher.

He said: “This will be the toughest sporting challenge I’ve ever undertaken, but the preparation is going well and by the time of the event I will have racked up hundreds of training hours”.

Clive will be raising money for the Children's Emergency Department and Urology Oncology (prostate) funds within Derby Hospitals Charity. Anyone wishing to make a donation can do so via:  http://www.justgiving.com/clivesmith5

Last Modified 10/07/2014