Posted 21 April 2015
Harper Adams University Laboratory Manager, Dr Victoria Talbot, has raised more than £1000 for charity by swimming 5km.
After months of training, Dr Talbot from Newport completed the Swimathon in 02:46:32, a time that exceeded her expectations.
Dr Talbot, who took up swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle change, said: “I have been overwhelmed by the support from colleagues and friends, which has enabled me to raise a fantastic amount of money for Marie Curie – a worthy charity that supports terminally ill people.
“It was particularly encouraging to have colleagues and family cheering me on, especially towards the end because I was beginning to feel quite tired. A big cheer went up when I finished and I burst into tears!
“I started off swimming for fitness, but then a former colleague suggested that I took part in the Swimathon, so I thought why not?
“It took me quite some time to decide which distance to choose, but as I was already regularly swimming 3.5km at a time I felt I really needed to go for the full 5km, even though the increase in distance felt rather daunting.
“My next challenge is to master front crawl; at the moment I can still only swim breast stroke.”
Established in 1986, Swimathon is a national challenge that encourages swimmers to complete a variety of challenge distances at their local pool. During the past 27 years of Swimathon, more than £40million has been raised for charitable causes.
This year, the event took place Friday 17 – Sunday 19 April, with Dr Talbot completing her challenge on the Sunday. By completing the 5km, she swam a total of 200 lengths of the 25m swimming pool.
Also taking part in the event was Harper Adams Office Services Assistant, Denise Bishop, who completed 5km in a relay with her family.
Dr Talbot is now looking forward to continuing her training using the Harper Adams campus swimming pool, open to staff and students.