Anna make its three out of five on island swim marathon

Anna Wardley preparing for her swim around Portsea Island starting at the beach at Eastney.  The ndurance swimmer has set off on her latest challenge to swim around one of the UK's islands as part of a two-year fundraising effort. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 19, 2012. Wardley is hoping to complete the seven-hour swim around Portsea Island - the island which contains most of the city of Portsmouth, Hampshire. The 36-year-old embarked on the 21-mile swim today as part of her Five Island Swim Challenge. See PA story ADVENTURE Swimmer. Photo credit should read: Ben Mitchell/PA Wire
Anna Wardley preparing for her swim around Portsea Island starting at the beach at Eastney. The ndurance swimmer has set off on her latest challenge to swim around one of the UK's islands as part of a two-year fundraising effort. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 19, 2012. Wardley is hoping to complete the seven-hour swim around Portsea Island - the island which contains most of the city of Portsmouth, Hampshire. The 36-year-old embarked on the 21-mile swim today as part of her Five Island Swim Challenge. See PA story ADVENTURE Swimmer. Photo credit should read: Ben Mitchell/PA Wire

Sheffield endurance swimmer Anna Wardley has completed the third stage of her Five Island Swim Challenge with a 41-mile circumnavigation of Jersey in the Channel Islands.

Anna, aged 37, who comes from Bradfield, completed the swim in 11 hours, 53 minutes and five seconds.

Last year she ticked off the first two of the five islands - Dragonera off the coast of Majorca and Portsea Island, near Portsmouth.

Jersey was much more demanding, in an unseasonably cold sea and negotiating strong currents

Afterwards, Anna said many messages of support gave her a “brilliant lift” when there was a risk that she might get beaten by the tide.

She added: “When I’m training and during the swims, when it’s really hard to keep going, this massive feeling of achievement is what drives me on.”

Next, in August, is the Isle of Tiree in the Inner Hebrides, and finally, in September, the Isle of Wight.

Anna, who now lives in Gosport, Hampshire, is raising funds for the Samaritans, Sail Africa and the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust.