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MGF Employee Takes on Windermere One Way Swim 2020

Long time MGF employee Antony Birchall is undertaking the challenging 11-mile Windermere One Way swim on Sunday 13th September 2020.

The event is held at the UK’s longest water and starts at Fell Foot Park located in the southern end of Windermere. From here, swimmers will take on the 11-mile distance leading them to the finishing point at the northern tip of the lake at Brathay Hall.

Commonly known as the #WOW swim, the event attracts hundreds of participants each year who are willing to push their limits and challenge themselves on behalf of a good cause.

Antony, who has worked at MGF for 19 years, is supporting The Lilac Centre and Breast Cancer UK by raising money in memory of his wife Annette who passed away February 2018 with breast cancer.

He is currently training for the big day and has recently completed his longest training swim so far at 9000 metres- half the distance of the full 11 miles. Always having a love of the ‘Lakes’, Antony has been swimming since representing his hometown of Wigan at six years old.

Join us in wishing Antony good luck with this challenging swim!

If you would like to donate and support Antony, visit his Just Giving page.

Update 22/09/20:

After three years of waiting patiently to take part in the WOW swim, on Sunday 20th September MGF’s Antony Birchall finally got the chance to achieve his goal. 

The swim has not come without its own obstacles, as Antony had to pull out of the event two years running while this year’s event was cancelled based on safety advice due to weather conditions. Determined to see it through this year, Antony completed his swim solo with his own safety boat, ending the three year wait.  

After completing the challenging 11-mile swim with an impressive time of 6 hours and 20 minutes, Antony said;

‘It’s the biggest challenge I’ve ever done, but Annette got me to the end.’

Antony has not only successfully met his goal of raising £1,000 for The Lilac Centre and Breast Cancer UK but raised an impressive £2,172.

Congratulations Antony from everyone here at MGF!

MGF employee participates in Windermere swim 2020
Raising money for Breast Cancer
Images of MGF employee taking part in the Windermere swim