Pair to take on monster Loch Ness challenge

John Crust and Ann Le Bek in their new running/swimming suits. EMN-150817-183246001

John Crust and Ann Le Bek in their new running/swimming suits. EMN-150817-183246001

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Two triathletes from the Sleaford area are preparing to tackle their toughest challenge ever.

Ann Le Bek, 50, of Great Hale and John Crust, 37, of Sleaford, are members of Tri3 Sleaford triathlon club and have entered the inaugural Loch Gu Loch starting at Loch Ness in Scotland on September 26.

They will be racing as a pair, swimming across Loch Ness, where water will be a chilly 11C, then running between mountain lochs, swimming across them and on to the next, in total doing 13 swims and 12 runs. They will cover 8km swimming and 53km running. They are expecting it will take them a staggering 10-12 hours.

Ann, who runs her own sports massage business, said: “They do a lot of this sort of racing in Scandinavia, but it’s a first for the UK.”

She and John, who runs Lincs Carpet Care, have run triathlons and Iron Man events for three years. They are looking for sponsorship to cover costs of kit and to raise money for Heckington Swimming Pool. Email: ann@lighterlimbs.co.uk

There will be 100 teams. Pairs have to stay within 10m of each other in the water and 100m when running. Ann said: “When you have done Iron Man you think you have done it all, but this is a different level altogether.”

They will have to swim in specialised trainers and cut away wet suits to avoid chafing and overheating.

Ann said: “You have to carry a first aid kit and nutrition with you, so the wetsuits have pockets and the tops roll down for running. We are GPS tracked and there are check points and food stations but largely you are self sufficient.”