Ross Edgley Gives Inside Look at Perils of Swimming Around Great Britain

Self-dubbed “scientist, sociologist, and philosopher of training and nutrition” Ross Edgley is in the midst of one of his many perilous stunts: an attempt to become the first person to swim around Great Britain. The goal is to not touch solid land until the swim is complete.

Along the way, he’s been updating his Twitter account with inside looks at the often-gruesome reality of open water marathon swimming.

Edgley began the 3,200km (1,988 mile) swim on June 1st, and plans to swim the equivalent of the English Channel (about 33 km) every day. Granted, the 32-year-old is not one to shy away from this type of task; his other feats include dragging a Mini Cooper for the duration of a marathon, and rope climbing the equivalent height (8,848m) of Mount Everest in under 24 hours.

But three weeks in, the swim has brought unique challenges – ones not for the faint of heart. Edgley’s tongue began to disintegrate due to the amount of salt water he was exposed to, and he experienced extreme chafing of his neck around the top of his wetsuit. In third week, he was stung by jellyfish on his face.

Check out his most recent webisodes below (watch at your own risk):

Video courtesy of Red Bull Media House.

Luckily, his tongue is on-the-mend:

Additionally, his crew gave viewers a feel for the extreme water conditions:

For more information and to follow along with the final days of the Great British Swim, click here. 


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About Torrey Hart

Torrey Hart

Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majored in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swam distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

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