A Burnley school teacher is looking to make more than a splash when she completes a 10-mile sponsored swim across Lake Windermere in memory of her dad.
Lindsay Bleazard (35) will take part in the Windermere One Way Swim, which involves around 100 top swimmers going from Fell Foot Park to Low Wray, on Sunday.
Blessed Trinity PE teacher Lindsay, who is also head of Year 7 with transition, is raising money for Pendleside Hospice after her dad Keith Hudson spent his last days there in 2011.
“I have always wanted to do something for Pendleside Hospice as they looked after my dad so well,” said ex-Ivy Bank pupil Lindsay, a former Burnley Bobcats swimmer.
“My dad had cancer and was only meant to go in to the hospice for 24 hours but ended up there for nine weeks and the staff were brilliant and so it was perfect to do something for them.
“I have always been a swimmer, my dad used to get up at 5-45am every day to take me swimming and was there all over the country and abroad watching me and my sister Joanne compete every weekend when we were teenagers.”
Lindsay, who has also completed a number of marathons, said her latest challenge would be tough.
“It’s the equivalent of two marathons and we will be in the water for around four hours.”
Lindsay is married to Lowerhouse cricketer Chris Bleazard who will be offering support from the sidelines – provided the race for the Lancashire League title does not go all the way as that is the penultimate day of the season.
“He may be needed to play as it may be tight at the top of the table but I will have plenty of support which hopefully will spur me on,” added Lindsay, who trains at Crow Wood Leisure Centre and lives in Lowerhouse.
“My mum Barbara will be there as well as my sister Joanne alongside family and friends. Part of the rules of the race is that we have to have a kayak and boat alongside us in case of emergencies and to make sure we get fluid and food so it does take a lot of organisation and it has taken a lot of training.”
Lindsay has been training with Rolls Royce worker David Sturrock who is taking part in the swim. David (35) also went to Ivy Bank and was with Burnley Bobcats as a youngster competing at a high level.
“Hopefully we will get each other through – we have both swam 10km races and been open water swimming but we have never swam this far before.”
To sponsor Lindsay visit www.justgiving.com/Lindsay-Bleazard.