Anna Wardley

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Anna Wardley training for the Five Island Swim Challenge

Anna Wardley is a marathon swimmer from Great Britain who completed 2 of the Oceans Seven challenges: the English Channel in 2007 and the Strait of Gibraltar on 6 April 2010 in 5 hours 59 minutes. She has solo competed at the World Ice Swimming Championships on the Finnish-Russian border, in the Hellespont Race from Europe to Asia, the Midmar Mile in South Africa, and in the 21-mile Double Windermere in the Lake District.

Before her first English Channel swim in 2007, Anna was an occasional pool swimmer, logging just 40 lengths, twice a week in her local pool.

Five Island Swim Challenge

Wardley also created and is attempting the Five Island Swim Challenge, a series of five marathon swims totaling 150 miles around Dragonera (Mallorca (10 km in Spain), Portsea (21 km in Hampshire, UK), Island of Jersey (66 km in 11 hours 53 minutes in the Channel Islands), Tiree (Inner Hebrides, Scotland) and the Isle of Wight (Solent, UK). She became a member of the 24-hour club when she completed a circumnavigation around the Isle of Wight in 26 hours 33 minutes.

Five Island Swim Challenge

  • Sa Dragonera in Mallorca, Spain on 27 May 2012, 6 miles at 18°C - 6 km swum in 4 hours 40 minutes
  • Portsea in Hampshire, United Kingdom in June 2013, 13 miles at 13°C - 13 miles swum in 7 hours 20 minutes
  • Round Jersey in the Channel Islands in June 2013, 41 miles at 14°C - 41 miles swum in 11 hours 53 minutes
  • Tiree in Inner Hebrides, Scotland in August 2013, 30 miles at 13°C - 22 miles swum in 16 hours 9 minutes
  • Isle of Wight in Solvent, United Kingdom in September 2013, 56 miles at 16°C - 56 miles swum in 26 hours 33 minutes

Solent Swim Challenge

Wardley is the co-organiser for the Solent Swim Challenge on the Isle of Wight. The charity swim helps raise funds for the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust on the Isle of Wight.

Balearic Swim Challenge

The 2016 Balearic Swim Challenge is a 215 km challenge that involves three stages linking Menorca and the Spanish mainland. The first, from Menorca to Mallorca, ended in hospitalization for Wardley due to innumerable jellyfish stings.

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