PEEBLES open water swimmer Caroline Connor smashed three huge swims this summer but missed out on her main goal due to bad weather and boat failure.

After Caroline's triple crown of Scottish lochs (2017-2019) and her English Channel swim two years ago she certainly hasn't shown any signs of slowing down, far from it.

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Last year's triple lakes challenge in 11hrs set her up nicely for a six way Ullswater swim (70km/45 miles) planned for August and was due to take approx 28hrs.

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Sadly, the weather and then engine failure put the stop on her biggest challenge ever.

Not one to be left with nothing to aim for, Caroline set up three swim challenges of her own to make up for the disappointment.

First was a 22 mile pool swim at Peebles Hydro in 10hrs 9 mins, followed by a 25 mile swim at Gourock outdoor saltwater pool in 11hrs 45mins and just 2 weeks ago a 48km swim at St Mary's Loch in 14hrs 10 mins.

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It wasn't the summer she planned but she certainly achieved so much more.

She said: "My swim at St Mary's loch was a swim of pure grit & determination. I started at 5.50am and finished at 8pm just as it was getting dark. I so wanted to reach 50km but I had to be safe as I had no support boat. I was determined to end the season on a high. "

Next year is already being planned with two epic swims in the pipeline.

Caroline is supported by Peebles Hydro on all her swims and training and can't thank the leisure staff and management enough for all they do.

Caroline's husband Grahame is also a constant source of support, standing loch side every weekend providing encouragement and support.