After five months without access to the local swimming pool, Wrexham resident Jane Bowyer-Jones is relieved to be able to get back into the water – particularly as she has a training regime to undertake in these unprecedented times, and a poignant reason for doing so.
After losing her husband to cancer in June of this year, Jane has entered this year’s Swimathon – her second time undertaking the challenge, to help raise funds for Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie. While the event was postponed back in March, Swimathon is now back and she is ready to get back into the swing of things.
“It’s a welcome relief,” Jane explains. “I love coaching the children in the swimming club, and I find swimming good for my mental health and well-being. Every time I swim, I feel de-stressed and full of energy. Our local pool is Freedom Leisure at Waterworld, Wrexham, and while I have completed some open water swims during this period, there’s no comparison. I am a competent swimmer, but I am taking on the 5k challenge so I have to train hard for it.
“The charities which the Swimathon Foundation are working with this year are very close to my heart. My husband was diagnosed with Malignant Melonoma in 2017 which was confirmed as stage 4 in January of this year. He passed away in June, while my grandad had lung cancer, my nana passed away from breast cancer in 1980, and my uncle passed away with cancer in 2019. I also have a few close friends who have been battling with breast cancer and a close friend who has mouth cancer, with treatment still ongoing. Cancer research is the key to battling this awful and cruel disease and I know from first-hand experience how devastating the news of cancer can be to the patient but also the devastation it causes to the immediate and wider family and friends. I want to complete this challenge in this tough year in memory of all those family and friends who have had cancer and lost their battle, but also for those who have a massive battle still to come.
“I would like to inspire everyone that the challenge is only what you make it and life is all about setting goals and milestones. You never know when you may need the services we are raising money to support.”
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