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Islander says Swimrun is her 'biggest ever challenge'

An islander training for next weekend's ÖTILLÖ Swimrun has described it as the biggest challenge she has ever set herself.

Selena Baxter decided to enter the June 10th race after taking part in the shorter Sprint event last year.

She and Alison Stedeford will join 140 other pairs in the ÖTILLÖ World Championships qualifying race, swimming a total of 8km and running 29.5km. Team members must remain within 10 metres of each other at all times.

Selena, who turns 49 the following week, said she and Alison have been training since the start of the year, although they have been "sea swimming occasionally all through the Baltic winter months".

They try to manage five different training sessions per week, comprising running, gym and swimming, with more endurance work as the event approaches.

Selena told This is Scilly: "I think we have prepared well enough. Al has obviously done this before so is very knowledgeable. I am quite nervous, I just want to get around in one piece.

"For me the biggest challenge will be the hills. I absolutely hate them with a passion."

Alison competed with Wez Swain last year, going on to qualify for the 75km Swimrun World Championships in Stockholm.

Other teams from Scilly who have registered to compete include returners Ruth Nicholls and Steven Gibson from St Mary's, Tresco's Dave Hooper and Mark Worledge, and paramedic Anna McCann and friend Amanda French.

Several other local pairs will take part in the Sprint event on Saturday June 9th.


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