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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Brenda Sherratt's Historical Swim Across Loch Ness

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

In anticipation of the 53rd anniversary of the creation of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame this year, the Daily News of Open Water Swimming will highlight a number of inductees from years gone past including swimmers, pilots, coaches and administrators.

Brenda Sherratt is one of those who was inducted in 1970 as an Honour Swimmer.

Sherratt was training to become the first person to swim 36.2 km (22.5 miles) across the length of Loch Ness in Scotland. She did training swims in Bala Lake (5 km), Coniston (8 km), Coniston (16 km) before her special birthday swim across Windemere in the Lake District in England.

All that hard work paid off for the British teenager when she completed her Loch Ness crossing in 31 hours 27 minutes in 1966.

On her birthday swim, she started out on one shore as a 17-year-old and finished her 18 km training swim as an 18-year-old.

She recently retired after nearly 40 years of swim coaching, but she is still mentoring the Cub Scouts.

Brenda Sherratt is shown above after swimming across Loch Ness in 1966. Photo by UPI Cablephoto.

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