FEAR swimmers take on challenge

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Swimmers enter the Upper Waiau River at the Control Gates in Te Anau for the start of Fiordland Endurance and Adventure Racing Society's 12km "fast" swim. Photo: Julie Walls

FIORDLAND Endurance and Adventure Racing Society (FEAR) members tested their swimming abilities in a challenging race recently.

Fourteen swimmers took up the challenge, involving a 12km fast swim from the Control Gates in Te Anau to Queens Reach Swingbridge.

Ron Hutchinson was the fastest, finishing in one hour, eight minutes.

The following day eight swimmers swam the 35km long swim from the shore of Lake Te Anau, swimming 3km and walking around the weir, then swimming the length of the Upper Waiau River to Lake Manapouri and continuing on to Frasers Beach.

Richard Jongens made it home in the fastest time of five hours, 27 minutes.

This was the second year FEAR had run the event.

FEAR was started by Andy Magness of Te Anau in 2017, and its first event was a one-day run along the Milford Track via Dore Pass. It now has 136 members from all over New Zealand.

The society planned to continue hosting four to five ambitious events per year, with two events planned for next year.

For more information go to fearsociety.co.nz or facebook.com/fearsocietynz/

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