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Ross Edgley – Great British Swim Season 1 p2

British endurance athlete eyes the finish of his epic 2,000-mile sea journey.

British endurance athlete eyes the finish of his epic 2,000-mile sea journey.

Ross Edgley will complete his epic Great British Swim on Sunday November 4 in Margate, the Kent coastal town where he began his record breaking quest back on June 1. Here is all you need to know:

- The British strongman will become the first person to swim around mainland Great Britain in an astonishing 157 days and without stepping foot on land once.

- To celebrate his feat, more than 300 swimmers will join Ross for the final one-mile swim into shore in partnership with the Outdoor Swimming Society.

- Edgley has overcome several obstacles including a disintegrating tongue and jellyfish stings as well as storms Ali and Callum, while he has been doing exercises to ensure his land legs are prepared too.

- The 33-year-old has already created new milestones including the Longest Assisted Contiguous Stage Sea Swim in history by powering past 73 days and becoming the first ever Briton to swim the 900-mile journey from Land's End to John O'Groats in a record 62 days.

- The Lincolnshire native revealed: "It's about finding normality in the abnormal. This isn’t a traditional sporting event. With a marathon, you can grit your teeth knowing you can get through it and you’ll be in your bed with a bubble bath at the end of it. I can’t do that! I’m constantly in the cold water or in my bed which is rocking side to side in the waves – but as long as you make peace with that fact, the Great British Swim becomes possible."

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