AFter Ross Edgley’s dogged attempt to swim 40-kilometers between Caribbean islands while towing a 100-pound tree was thwarted by strong tides, the fitness fanatic returned home to England and plotted an even more ridiculous stunt…
GREAT BRITISH SWIM: EPISODE ONE
Edgley is now attempting to become to first swimmer ever to circumnavigate the entire mainland of Great Britain. With 2,700 kilometers and more than 4 million strokes to go, will he prevail?
In the opening episode of The Great British Swim, Edgley’s preparation for the monumental feat is well underway with detailed map studies, gear checklists, physio advice and mental preparation.
GREAT BRITISH SWIM: EPISODE TWO
In Episode 2, Edgley sets off on his epic swim around mainland Great Britain from Margate, a seaside town in the district of Thanet in Kent. The mayor of Margate and a small group of friends and family wish him well before he wades into the waters of the English Channel and takes the first few strokes.
It’s not long before Edgley encounters one of the biggest hurdles he’s likely to face on the entire journey and is forced to wrap duct tape around his neck to protect his skin from the salt water.
GREAT BRITISH SWIM: EPISODE THREE
Episode 3 gets off to a grim start with Edgley revealing that his tongue has started to fall apart due to the constant exposure to salt water. Meanwhile, his neck wound worsens, prompting him to try swimming sans wetsuit.
Each time Edgley gets out of the water, his position is recorded in a log book so that he can resume swimming from the same exact location.
GREAT BRITISH SWIM: EPISODE FOUR
After one of the toughest sporting weeks of his life, Edgley digs deeper than ever to get through the pain and crack on with the Great British Swim.
Support boats don’t come much better than this 😃 An absolute highlight of the #GreatBritishSwim the @royalnavy heard I was struggling with the waves and wind so sent the HMS Charger & HMS Biter to support! Being crewed by some MASSIVE legends, they brought bananas, satsumas and INVALUABLE advice on sea sickness! Cannot thank them enough #RealHeroes Unreal experience swimming at sea with 2 massive Naval ships to sight off😃
Edgley gets some surprise visits along the way, including a swarm of jellyfish that repeatedly bite him on his nose prompting him to take refuge on the boat.
TIME SINCE EDGLEY LEFT MARGATE
All summer long, we will be updating Edgley’s time asea with new videos here every Thursday, so stay tuned. His goal is to complete the feat in 100 days…