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Ross Edgley Becomes First Person To Swim Around Great Britain After 157 Days At Sea

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Ross Edgley Becomes First Person To Swim Around Great Britain After 157 Days At Sea

Ross Edgley has become the first person to swim around Great Britain, having completed his challenge today at about 9am after months in the water.

Thirty-three-year-old Edgley left Margate on 1 June and has not set foot on dry land since, having been swimming for up to 12 hours each day and sleeping in a support boat, while braving everything from jellyfish to storms in the process - not to mention the late autumn chill.

The adventurer, who hails from Grantham in Lincolnshire, has also chowed down on over 500 bananas and an estimated 500,000 calories in the 157 days he's been at it.

Ross, before and after 132 days at sea. Credit: Instagram/Ross Edgley
Ross, before and after 132 days at sea. Credit: Instagram/Ross Edgley
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Telling the BBC that he's 'not quite bored of swimming' just yet, and is even looking forward to his next challenge, Edgley said the reception he's had from the public has made it all worthwhile.

"There's not many places you come in and people are asking you to sign bananas," he said.

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According to the BBC, the 1,780 mile swim has had many adverse effects on Edgley's body. Along with wetsuit chafing and shoulder pain, his tongue has also partially disintegrated from salt water exposure.

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In an Instagram post from September showed the 'harsh reality of spending hours, days and months at sea swimming', Edgley also explained that his feet and legs have 'shrunk'.

He wrote: "Excited to get back on land (once we finish this cheeky swim in 600 miles) where I'm going to be working (and documenting) my foot rehab with the heroes at @vivobarefoot as I basically learn to walk (and run) again after the tiny ligaments, tendons and muscles in my feet and legs have atrophied (shrunk) from over 100 days at sea (a similar physiological phenomena that happens to astronauts from months in zero gravity)."

Credit: Instagram/Ross Edgley
Credit: Instagram/Ross Edgley

Amazingly, this isn't even the first time Edgley's done something like this. Far from it.

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In mid-August, he broke the world record for the longest stage sea swim of 73 days, which had been set by Benoit Lecomte when he swam across the Atlantic Ocean in 1998.

Back in April 2016, he also completed the world's longest rope climb, which was the equivalent to the height of Mount Everest.

Oh, and then two months before that he also completed a marathon while pulling a 1.4 tonne car.

And to think most of us can't even be arsed to get up off the sofa to piss.

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/Ross Edgley

Topics: UK News, swimming, World Record

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