15 Aug 2018
Ross swims to world record in Great British Swim
Alumnus Ross Edgley has set a new world record after swimming more than 1,000 miles in 74 days – and he is still going.
Ross left Margate, Kent on 1 June 2018 and is currently swimming around Scotland. He has already beaten the previous world record of 73 days for the longest assisted contiguous stage swim.
Spending six hours a day in the water, Ross rests on a support boat in between swims. He has been eating 15,000 calories per day and throughout the journey he has endured jellyfish stings, wetsuit chafing and ‘salt mouth’, where the tongue disintegrates due to salt. There are still 900 miles to go, but Ross is not deterred.
Ross is no stranger to a mammoth challenge. In 2013, he became the first man in history to swim the 900 miles from Land’s End to John O’ Groats in just 135 days. This is a record he is set to halve at his current pace.
He has also previously completed a marathon whilst dragging a Mini Cooper, and has rope-climbed the equivalent height of Mount Everest in a 24 hour period.
Ross graduated in 2008 with a degree in Sport and Leisure Management. He has also devoted time to the University to share his story with students in recent years.
We wish him the best of luck in the rest of his challenge. Find out more about Ross in his alumni profile.
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