Teresa our club chair took to the water – but without her oars – raising over £1100 to improve club facilities.

On Saturday 8th October Teresa swam 5kms in open water at Hannam’s Wake Hug, Streatham on the A10.

Teresa said “I wanted to do something that I find difficult. Back in June I could swim the length of a pool - say 25m so, I thought a good challenge would be a 5km open water swim. It wasn't until I started to train that I realised how hard distance swimming is!

"Hannam's Wake Hub is run by two lovely blokes, Ben and Terry. Wake boarding is their passion but they open their lakes up to open water swimming a couple of times a wee

“I’ve been going along and without the use of their lake I wouldn't have got anywhere with my training.

"Thanks also to Karen. She's been such a great support and has taken the time to swim along with me, supporting me to keep going when I've thought I must be mad doing this!"

Teresa learned to row at Isle of Ely Rowing Club just after she moved to Ely in 2005. Eleven years later and Teresa is now a qualified Level 2 rowing coach, holds an RYA2 launch driving licence and is also a National Rowing Umpire.

Isle of Ely Rowing Club prides itself in making rowing accessible to the whole community, we host the GB Start group and work in collaboration with the Oliver Zangwill Centre in Ely, using rowing as a form of rehabilitation.

Teresa said The club deserves better facilities. We're trying to raise funds to give our members somewhere warm and dry, changing rooms, a loo, a kitchen for a cuppa and the ultimate luxury – a shower."

You can stilk sponsor Teresa at www.justgiving.com/Teresa-Aslett.