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The Longest Day Challenge – Sarah’s Longest Swim

This month marks WWTW’s Longest Day Challenge. It challenges you to go further than you have gone before and help to raise money to support veterans and their families. Earlier this month, WWTW supporter, Sarah, took on and completed her Longest Day Challenge, swimming 3 miles in her local pool.

1. Can you please introduce yourself and tell us about your background?

I work in education in safeguarding and with looked after children. I also volunteer for Walking With The Wounded at their Cumbrian Challenge event. 


2. What inspired you to support Walking With The Wounded and take on the Longest Day Challenge?

I completed a month-long swim challenge for the charity in 2015. When I saw the Longest Day Challenge, I thought it was time to raise the bar for myself, and use the challenge to help others. 


3. Can you tell us more about your challenge? 

I completed a 200 lengths/5km/just over 3 mile swim in my local pool. It was my longest day because I have never needed or challenged myself to swim more than 100 lengths. I used to be a lifeguard until the pandemic hit, but you never really need to swim that far!


4. How did you train for your Longest Day Challenge? 

I had the support of Rugeley Leisure Centre, who gave me space and time to conduct the event. 

I increased my training since February by swimming regularly. However, I knew it would be difficult to train for the distance because I was not able to get in the pool for long enough to get close to the distance. It was a case of getting in, getting on with it and digging deep on the day. 


5. How can people support your challenge?

I have been blown away by the generosity and support from my family, colleagues and members of the community. Anyone who would like to support my challenge can do so by following this link. Every little helps make a difference to people that so deserve to be helped.