Strongman Ross Edgley reached another milestone on Saturday September 8 when he made it 100 days at sea in his inspirational Great British Swim. Edgley set out from Margate on June 1 and has already produced the ‘longest assisted contiguous stage sea swim’ in history by powering past 73 days as he made his way around south England, Wales and Scotland.
Edgley also became the first ever Briton to swim the 900-mile journey from Land’s End to John O’Groats on Thursday August 30 when he completed the iconic feat in a record 62 days. He has now covered more than 1,230 miles after rounding the northern most part of Great Britain to make his way into Aberdeenshire on Scotland’s north east coast.
To mark the feat, the Red Bull Matadors aerobatic display team surprised Ross by writing 100 in the sky above him in the waters of Moray Firth Bay.
The 32-year-old revealed “One hundred days at sea is an incredible feeling and to think I haven’t set foot on land since June 1st is pretty insane. I feel like the sea is my home now. Looking up and seeing the Red Bull Matadors above me writing 100 in the sky gave me such a boost – and so has all the support and love I’ve received on social media. It’s been a huge team effort and we still have a way to go, but taking a moment to appreciate these milestones is amazing.”
After tangling with jellyfish at various points throughout his swim, he has come face to face with a basking shark off the north coast of Scotland as he grinds his way forward in his 2,000-mile quest.
He added “I thought I’d seen everything there was to see! Minke whales, dolphins, seals and different kinds of jellyfish. But today, Scotland decided to spring a giant basking shark on me. It had a big belly, a massive mouth and was just going about its business. Local fisherman have said they have seen quite a few killer whales in the area and they could easily mistake me for a seal. It’s resulted in me trying to make myself look as unappetising as possible!”
The Great British Swim is Edgley’s biggest challenge to date after completing a marathon whilst dragging a Mini Cooper and rope climbing the equivalent height (8,848m) of Mount Everest inside 24 hours.
His six-hour stints in the water have been fuelled by 15,000 calories a day, while he has used two kilos of Vaseline to combat wetsuit chafing and grown a beard to defend himself against jellyfish stings.
Great British Swim 100 days fact file:
- 54 jellyfish stings
- One minke whale in the Bristol Channel
- One seven-metre basking shark sighting off the coast of Scotland
- Twelve dolphins spotted in the South Coast
- One seal spotted off the coast of Devon
- 1,230 miles covered
- 1,600,000 strokes completed
- 2,039 hours in the water
- 442 bananas
- 30.99 nautical miles (the highest distance covered in a single day)
- Three rolls of gaffer tape used to fix broken skin
- 8.7 knots top speed
- 1,250,000 calories burned
- Two kilograms of Vaseline for chaffing
- One freshly grown beard to try prevent more jellyfish stings