British Strongman Ross Edgley Completes Historic 2000-Mile Great British Swim in Margate

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British adventurer and strongman Ross Edgley speaks to the crowd at the finish of his epic 2000-mile Great British Swim in Margate, Kent, UK on November 4, 2018 // Alex Broadway / Red Bull Content Pool // For more content, pictures and videos like this please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com
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Strongman Ross Edgley has completed his historic Great British Swim in Margate after 157 days and 2,000 miles at sea in gruelling conditions. Here is all you need to know:

– The 33-year-old set out on June 1 from the Kent coastal town in his bid to become the first person to swim around mainland Great Britain.

 

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British adventurer and strongman Ross Edgley runs out of the sea to finish his epic 2000-mile Great British Swim in Margate, Kent, UK on November 4, 2018 // Alex Broadway / Red Bull Content Pool // For more content, pictures and videos like this please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com

 

– The Lincolnshire native from Grantham battled through a disintegrating tongue and jellyfish stings, along with Storm Ali and Callum, on his journey.

– Incredibly, Edgley did not take a day off through sickness or injury with the only stoppages on his journey enforced by extreme winds and waves.

 

 

– Three hundred swimmers from the Outdoor Swimming Society joined him for the swim into shore where a huge crowd waited to celebrate his 2,000 miles and 157 days at sea with Ross not stepping foot on land once as the Red Bull Matadors put on an amazing air show above.

– He revealed: “It feels a bit weird on land, a bit too solid for my liking! I almost fell over when I started to jog into shore. Setting out, I knew the Great British Swim would be the hardest thing I’ve ever attempted. I was very naïve at the start, and there were moments where I really did begin to question myself. My feelings now are pride, tiredness and relief. It’s been a team effort and it’s thanks to the whole crew, the support I’ve received from the public and Red Bull that I’ve been able to complete it. To see so many smiling faces here today is amazing, and if I can take one thing away, it’s that I’ve inspired people, no matter how small that inspiration may be.”

 

Ed Stafford, Ross Edgley, Ant Middleton
Ross Edgley (C) celebrates with fellow British adventurers Ed Stafford (L) and Ant Middleton (R) at the finish of his epic 2000-mile Great British Swim in Margate, Kent, UK on November 4, 2018 // Alex Broadway / Red Bull Content Pool // For more content, pictures and videos like this please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com

 

GREAT BRITISH SWIM FACT FILE

• 0 sick days

• 2,000 miles swam (equivalent of swimming The Channel 100 times and 64,373 lengths of an Olympic sized swimming pool)

• London to Moscow is 1,796 miles

• 23 weeks at sea

 

Ross Edgley
British adventurer and strongman Ross Edgley celebrates at the finish of his epic 2000-mile Great British Swim in Margate, Kent, UK on November 4, 2018 // Alex Broadway / Red Bull Content Pool // For more content, pictures and videos like this please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com

 

• 18.1 nautical miles – longest swim in a single tide

• 8.7 knots – top swim speed

• 1,884,000 calories consumed (equivalent of 3,346 Big Macs)

• 314 Red Bulls drank

Wild life spots – 1 Minke Whale, 1 Basking Shark, a pod of dolphins, 30 seals, a colony of puffins, 6 sea otters and 2 eagles

• Five rolls of gaffer tape used to fix broken skin

• Three kilograms of Vaseline for chaffing

• 37 jellyfish stings

• One freshly grown beard to try prevent more jellyfish stings

 

Ross Edgley, Hester Sabery
British adventurer and strongman Ross Edgley celebrates with girlfriend Hester Sabery at the finish of his epic 2000-mile Great British Swim in Margate, Kent, UK on November 4, 2018 // Alex Broadway / Red Bull Content Pool // For more content, pictures and videos like this please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com

 

ROSS EDGLEY BIOGRAPHY

– After starting his career as an athlete playing water polo for Great Britain, he graduated from Loughborough University School of Sport and Exercise Science with a 1st class honours for his dissertation on the different strength and power adaptations to various training protocols.

– Edgley is also the author of the best-selling “The World’s Fittest Book“, while he has completed a marathon whilst pulling a MINI Cooper, climbing a rope to the equivalent height of Mount Everest (8,848m) in 24 hours and a ‘Tree-athlon’, which involved an Olympic-length triathlon whilst hauling a 45kg log on his back.