Dr Julie ‘Madfish’ poised to make a big splash

Diving in: Julie Bradshaw
Diving in: Julie Bradshaw
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Blackpool marathon swimmer Dr Julie ‘Madfish’ Bradshaw is making a splash this summer to add an extra world record to her collection.

On August 11, the 50-year-old will lead an international team aiming to complete the world’s longest lake swim by a standard relay team of six. Between them, they will swim 147 miles non-stop in just 86 hours – 21 miles further than the current record, set in 2011. If successful, this will be the 21st personal long distance swimming world record former Layton School pupil Julie has secured.

The team will be seeking sponsorship for the Windermere challenge, which will go towards East Midlands-based Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People in memory of Julie’s close friend, Susan Taylor.

Susan lost her life while attempting to swim the English Channel for Rainbows last year. Susan had planned to be part of the team.

Julie, who grew up in Blackpool, but now lives in Loughborough, said: “I am really excited about this challenge and have a great team, having coached all of the swimmers.

“The swim will take place over three days, which means we are in and out of the water overnight and will get little sleep.

“I have done various long relays in the past and know how tiring it gets. But teamwork will get us all through.

“Although Susan isn’t around to swim with us, I know she will be there in spirit and I will be thinking of her all the way.”

Each member of the team – Bridgette Hobart, Georgina Tuffin, Daniel Bryson, Andrew Koval, and Lisa Auchinvole – will swim for one hour in relay succession until 14 lengths of the lake, starting from Ambleside, are complete. Rules mean there will be no wetsuits.

On August 19, it will be 35 years since Julie did her first solo swim across the English Channel.

To sponsor Julie and the team, visit www.getset4success.co.uk.