Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Isle of Man TT: Manx swimming challenge launched

Image caption Swimmers will have to complete 2,416 lengths of the Peel swimming pool within 12 weeks

Manx residents are being challenged to swim the equivalent length of the TT course to raise money for charity.

Swimmers will have 12 weeks to complete 37.75 miles, which equates to 2,416 lengths of the Western swimming pool on Derby Road, Peel.

The challenge, dreamt up by lifeguard Krysy Howard, was first held in 2012 and raised more than £3,000 for the island's St John Ambulance.

Ms Howard said this year's challenge will be "bigger and better."

Swimmers can undertake the TT challenge alone or in a team but must complete the distance by mid-April.

All of the £10 entry fee goes to the Community First Responders, who are highly trained first aiders.

First responders are despatched by the ambulance service to aid people taken ill in rural areas.

Ms Howard trained to be a first responder following a recruitment drive in 2011.

She said: "If you sign up to the challenge, it's quite a commitment as you'll need to complete around 200 lengths of the pool each week."

The Isle of Man's senior swimming team have already completed the challenge to help raise money for their trip to the Island Games in Bermuda.

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