A CHALLENGE that would daunt even an experienced sportsman has been tackled by novice swimmer Adrian Clark.
And Adrian came in an impressive 10th out of 21 competitors who took part in the annual Menai Straits Swim.
This narrow stretch of water, that separates the island of Anglesey from mainland Wales, is one of the most treacherous stretches of water in the UK as two tidal currents flow against each other.
Adrian completed the mile-long challenge in 40 minutes, 19 seconds, just a few minutes behind the winner who finished in 32 minutes.
A self-employed chiropodist and podiatrist with practises in Burnley and Padiham, Adrian, said: “The temperature in the water was around 15 degrees and competitors were only allowed to wear swim suits and goggles, no wetsuits were allowed. Each person had a canoeist with them in case they got into any difficulties.
“I feel pleased to have done that well considering it was the first time I have attempted it.”
Adrian, who lives in Simonstone, was watched by his wife Anne and their daughter Sophie (12), and also his parents, Bob and Ann Clark, who are Mayor and Mayoress of Padiham. He hopes to have raised around £1,100 for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. The money will be donated to the Moelsre Station in Anglesey where a £2.4m. refurbishment is underway. This is Adrian’s second marathon charity effort this year.
He completed a walk, cycle and swim challenge to raise money for Padiham Football Club. Adrian trekked from Pendle Inn at Barley to Trig Point at the summit of Pendle before walking to the Nick o’ Pendle and from there to Padiham Leisure Centre where he took the plunge and completed 64 lengths of the pool. Adrian then got on a bike and pedalled 40 miles to Blackpool Tower. He was loaned a cycle for the trek by Eric Burgess of Pendle Cycles in Padiham.
Mr Burgess then donated the bike to be put up for auction to boost the funds even further. An auction was held and an anonymous bid of £175 was made and the bidder then gave the bike to Adrian.