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In September 2013, Anna became the first person in three decades to swim non-stop around the Isle of Wight as the culmination of her Five Island Swim Challenge.

The swim, which took 26 hours and 33 minutes, saw her inducted into the elite 24-hour club recognising her as one of just nine Britons to have completed a swim taking more than a day.

Anna took up endurance swimming in 2006 at the age of 31 and since her first swim around Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour she has completed a wide range of swims around the world.

She made it across the Channel from England to France in 21 hours and 20 minutes on her second attempt banishing the demons from her first attempt two years earlier when she was pulled out after swimming for more than 14 hours.

In 2009 Anna was awarded the Channel Swimming Association’s Van Audenaerde Trophy for the Greatest Feat of Endurance for her Channel swim.

Anna has also competed at the World Ice Swimming Championships on the Finnish-Russian Border and successfully swam the Hellespont Strait from Europe to Asia, the Gibraltar Strait from Europe to Africa and a 21-mile Double Windermere in the UK’s Lake District.

In 2012, Anna kicked off her Five Island Swim Challenge with a swim around Dragonera off the coast of Mallorca before becoming logging the first non-wetsuit solo swim around Portsea Island, home to the city of Portsmouth.

In 2013 she looped Jersey in the Channel Islands in 11 hours and 53 minutes and in August 2013 she attempted to become the first person to swim around the Isle of Tiree in the Inner Hebrides. However, two thirds of the way around after 16 hours of swimming, Anna had to abort the swim due extreme cold and lion’s mane jellyfish

In May 2013, Anna became the first woman and the first person without a wetsuit to swim from Cabrera to Sa Rapita in Mallorca and she has completed numerous cross Solent swims.

In 2014 she teamed up with the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust to run the Solent Swim Challenge and the 21 swimmers who swam from Stokes Bay to Ryde raised in excess of £30,000 for the charity.

  • Round Brownsea Island (2006)
  • English Channel attempt (2007)
  • Cross Solent (various)
  • World Ice Swimming Championships (2009)
  • Double Windermere (2009)
  • Hellespont Channel: Europe to Asia (2009)
  • English Channel (2009)
  • Gibraltar Strait: Europe to Asia (2010)
  • The Midmar Mile (2010)
  • Round Dragonera (2012)
  • Round Portsea (2012)
  • Round Nowhere Island (2012)
  • Cabrera Channel (2013)
  • Round Jersey (2013)
  • Round Tiree attempt (2013)
  • Round the Isle of Wight (2013)
  • Greece to Turkey (2014)