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Isabel Stubbings braves conditions at Lake Windemere Open Water race

Isabel Stubbings braves conditions at Lake Windemere Open Water race

Isabel Stubbings with father Adam

An intrepid Preparatory School pupil braved the conditions to take part in a special competition last weekend.

Isabel Stubbings, a Year 5 pupil at Rydal Penrhos, was on took part in a quarter mile open water swimming race in Lake Windermere, which was set up as part of the Great North Swim.

The nine-year-old competed in what were very challenging conditions, with the water temperature reaching just 15 degrees Celsius during the race.

Their task was made even more difficult by heavy rain and strong winds, which made the water very choppy throughout.

This did not prevent Isabel, who was swimming with her father Adam, from finishing in a very respectable 84th place out of 239 entrants in a time of nine minutes and 17 seconds in the 8-11 category.

Prep School head Roger McDuff, said: “While the conditions would have put a lot of people off, it is a testament to Isabel’s determination that she was willing to not only compete, but to achieve a very good finish for her efforts.

“Experiences like this are a fantastic way for our pupils at Rydal Penrhos to develop confidence, try new things and improve their skill set, and much credit goes to our parents for challenging their children out of school hours.”

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