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Danny reclaims swimming world record!

Danny reclaims swimming world record!

by Malcolm Hindle (August 2021)

A FORMBY man has reclaimed a world record for swimming the length of every  lake in the Lake District in the fastest time.

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WHEN Dr Danny Longman lost his world record for swimming the length of every  lake in the Lake District in the fastest time, he set about reclaiming the title.

Danny, 34, who works as a biologist at Loughborough University, first took on this challenge in 2019 and managed to set a new fastest time, but this was beaten last year by George Taplin.

Not to be outdone, Danny, wanted his record back, so started in Wastwater at 5.10am on Monday, August 9 and finished in Derwent Water at 10.17pm the following day – setting a new fastest ever time.

His swim had seen him cover a total distance of about 44 miles (71km) in 41 hours and seven minutes. He made it even harder for himself by cycling between each of the 13 lakes rather than using a car.

To set the record Danny had to swim Ullswater, Brothers Water, Elterwater, Rydal Water, Grasmere, Derwent Water, Bassenthwaite Lake, Buttermere, Crummock Water, Loweswater, Wastwater, Coniston and Windermere.

He said: “I always find with events like this, with ultra-endurance events, that’s when I feel most alive - especially in nature.

“When we had this opportunity to do it, especially after the last 18 months of not being able to do much, it just seemed like a great idea.”

The former St Jerome’s Primary School pupil, who studied natural sciences in his degree, Masters and PHD at Cambridge University, now specialises in human adaptation to extreme endurance challenges.

Danny, has previously broken eight official Guinness World Records which include rowing across the Arctic Ocean and an unsupported cycle of the length of Latin America.

He has a long and varied sporting background. He started as a 100m and 200m sprinter, achieving UK top-2 age-group ranking, and multiple County Championship titles. He was a member of the  GB canoe squad from 2007-2008 and in 2009 attempted a trans-Atlantic row but his  boat was struck by a killer whale and he was forced to abandon.

Danny won a silver medal at the English Indoor Rowing Championships, was vice president of Cambridge University Boat Club and competed three times at Henley Royal Regatta.

During 2014-15 he completed a six-month cycle expedition from Mexico City to Ushuaia, Argentina, and, in 2017, he took part in the Polar Row expedition, a 1,000-mile Arctic Ocean row breaking seven Guinness World records, including ‘the northernmost latitude reached by a rowing vessel’ and ‘the first row across the Greenland Sea’.

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