University lecturer swaps the classroom for Loch Ness in aid of charity

A Swansea University lecturer swapped the classroom for the water to complete the Loch Ness Relay Swim in aid of charity.

Sue Croft – who lectures in Osteopathy – featured in a team of six to finish the 23-mile challenge.

She was raising money for the Aspire charity, who support people who have had lift-changing spinal injuries and provide practical and psychological support.

A keen swimmer and fundraiser, Sue completed the Arizona SCAR challenge in 2017, swimming four lakes in four days that spanned a combined total of 42 miles in searing heat.

She also swam the Channel in 2015, as well as Loch Lomond, Windermere, Coniston, Ulswater and Derwent.

Sue Croft, Osteopathy Lecturer and Module Leader at Swansea University, said:

“Loch Ness is 22 miles long, 800 feet deep and rarely gets warmer than 12 degrees. Although a lake, it can and does behave like an inland sea and during our swim the wind made it a bit of a rock and roll swim!

“The swim took 12 hours to complete with each of us swimming for one hour at a time. We were the first Aspire team to do the swim according to Channel swimming rules which means no wetsuit; just one hat, one swimsuit and a pair of goggles. You are not allowed to touch the boat or anyone else whilst you are swimming. If one member of the team is unable to complete the swim then the swim is aborted - harsh rules.

“Despite all of that, I had the opportunity to swim in one of the most beautiful stretches of water in the world, with a great team. Aspire is a charity for people who have experienced life-changing spinal injuries. We swam for the people who can’t."

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Sue Croft (second from right) pictured with the rest of her relay team