Alexandra Melaugh and her auntie, Maggie Huges recently completed the Great North Swim. Below is her take on how the day went:
'The Great North Swim is one of several challenges I have set myself, along with some of my family, to fundraise for the Circulation Foundation. My family and I chose this charity for my Dad, Nigel Melaugh, who passed away over Christmas 2017 aged 58 and who was affected by peripheral arterial disease. My auntie, Maggie Hughes, and I completed the Great North Swim – Lake Windermere on June 9th, 2018 and it is safe to say we both had very different experiences. In her own words, Maggie recalls:
“Despite the traffic to get to the venue, the Ferry to cross Lake Windermere, missing my allocated time slot (aka “the green wave”), negotiating to enter the next race (which was 1-mile instead of my chosen distance of ½ a mile), eventually, I put my wetsuit on and started my challenge of tackling Lake Windermere. Safe to say I didn’t have the best start to my experience and it didn’t get any better on entering the water as I panicked and lost my breath. But, with the help of the wonderful lifeguards in the Kayak’s placed around the course (pictured), I composed myself enough to tell them my plight. So instead of navigating my way through a 1-mile course, the lifeguards kindly escorted me through the half-mile course and they did this just for me. I completed the course in 56 minutes. I now have the challenge of collecting the money.” [Maggie Hughes]
In comparison to my auntie, I thoroughly enjoyed my swim. I was aiming to complete the 1-mile course in 45-50 minutes and achieved a time of 40 minutes and 1 second. Unlike in 2015, the water was warmer, I had a thicker wetsuit and I had a strong mental attitude- so I was able to adhere to my swimming plan.
Although the day wasn’t all smooth running for both of us, or should I say smooth swimming, both of us completed the swim and received our finishers medals. Collectively, we raised circa £1,800 and counting. People have been very generous, and we cannot thank our supporters enough. I will now be moving on to my next set of challenges, 3 half marathons in 7 weeks, which will start with the Great North run in September. I look forward to updating you all!'