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Olympian Hector Pardoe makes waves with record

Olympian Hector Pardoe has smashed the 26-year old Windermere end-to-end swim record.

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Hector Pardoe

In a remarkable feat of endurance and determination, the former Whitchurch Wasps and Ellesmere College Titans swimmer solidified his position as a rising star in the world of open-water swimming.

The 22-year-old’s remarkable achievement took place last Saturday, when he embarked on a gruelling swim of Windermere, the largest natural lake in England.

Battling challenging conditions, pushing his physical limits, and negotiating a busy lake, Pardoe completed the 10.5-mile (16.9 km) swim in an astonishing 3:40.28, smashing the previous record, set by Justin Palfrey in 1997, by eight minutes.