Marathon swim across lake in Switzerland

13 May 2014


Masters swimmer Clive Smith is set for a marathon swim across one of the longest
lakes in Switzerland.

Clive (45) will attempt the 26.4 kilometre swim from Rapperswil to Zurich in
August.  The swim is being estimated to take between 8 and 9 hours
depending upon conditions and Clive's own navigational skills on the
day.  

To give an idea of the challenge which awaits the competitors, to achieve the same distance in a
standard sized swimming pool you would need to swim 1,056 lengths without
stopping!

A canoe will accompany Clive throughout the swim and assist with drinking and feeding
although no actual contact is allowed.

The swim attracts swimmers from all around the world with Clive swimming in the non wetsuit 40+
age group category against individuals from Australia, Germany and Italy to
name but a few.

In preparation for Zurich Clive is undertaking lengthy pool sessions, open water training and
a 10K race in Lake Dorney, the venue for the 2012 Olympic Rowing
event.

Clive only started swimming competitively in his mid 30's after joining the Masters
section at Etwall. His love affair with the sport has continued to grow which
has seen him go on and become a qualified swimming teacher.

Clive said of his swim "this will be the toughest sporting challenge I've ever undertaken,
but the preparation is going well and by the time of the event I will have
racked up hundreds of training hours”

Clive will be raising money for Derby Hospitals Charitable Trust (Children's A&E and Prostate
Wards) Anyone wishing to make a donation can do so via: http://www.justgiving.com/clivesmith5