Swimmer gearing up for 24km challenge for Shelterbox - which she will complete in Falmouth

By Joseph Macey

16th Sep 2021 | Local News

On the 5th September, Lauren Turner will be taking on a 24km swim to raise funds for ShelterBox.

The last kilometre will be in Falmouth from Swanpool to Gyllyngvase.

Living in Truro, Lauren works as a response team member at Charity ShelterBox who provide shelter to families around the world after disaster strikes.

She will be swimming 24km over 24 different Cornish beaches with only a safety swimmer and a kayaker as safety support in one day until last light.

Lauren told Nub News:

"I have always been a swimmer, always been a pool swimmer but grown up in Cornwall so liked surfing and other things like that then I got involved in surf lifesaving and that was when I started doing a lot more sea swimming and then when lockdown hit I couldn't swim in the pool and we were able to swim in the sea again I just threw myself into sea swimming.

"I have been sea swimming like 5-6 times a week, swimming up to 22km a week and doing a lot of running to improve my base fitness.

"It has been a lot of planning, suddenly it is less than two weeks away so I really have trained hard and I am excited for the challenge of it but I am also aware that is absolutely going to be a challenge and test me physically and mentally."

Laurens safety swimmer is a very experienced sea swimmer, he has swum the channel on numerous occasions, "when he came forward and said he would like to swim with me I wasn't letting anyone come with me because you don't know other peoples swimming abilities but then when he told me his background I thought he could really help me, he will be swimming alongside me and then my husband will be in the kayak as additional support," she said.

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