Five months in the water sounds like something most people probably wouldn't survive. That's not the case for Ross Edgley, however. He took an insane challenge and stayed in water for five months as he completed an entire lap around Great Britain.
Edgley, 31, left Margate, Kent, on June 1 to head into the open sea and he did not return to land until he completed the 1,780-mile journey all the way around the circumference of the largest British Isle.
The Final Swim Replay | Ross Edgley's Great British Swim www.youtube.com
Bruised, battered and now battle tested... tomorrow we hope to finish what we started... the first swim in history… https://t.co/HOXeSbEM7e— Ross Edgley (@Ross Edgley)1541249065.0
Over the 155-day journey, Edgley said he faced "extreme lows" including his tongue "falling apart" from the saltwater and being stung in the face by jellyfish. However, he also experienced "unbelievable highs" like "amazing" sunsets and sunrises.
@RossEdgley @NigeHargreaves @lborouniversity @RoyalMarines @RedBullUK @OSS_team @LboroSport @TheProteinWorks… https://t.co/DNceahJo75— Donna (@Donna)1541260683.0
@RossEdgley @lborouniversity @RoyalMarines @RedBullUK @OSS_team @LboroSport @TheProteinWorks @dryrobe @VIVOBAREFOOT… https://t.co/3c0wIDL33g— Dolphin Diver (@Dolphin Diver)1541249952.0
@RossEdgley @lborouniversity @RoyalMarines @RedBullUK @OSS_team @LboroSport @TheProteinWorks @dryrobe @VIVOBAREFOOT… https://t.co/WZh8jYZUX6— Mandy Jarvis (@Mandy Jarvis)1541260956.0
He’s done it! After over 157 days swimming around Great Britain and breaking multiple world records, alumni… https://t.co/7gBNTthIii— Loughborough University (@Loughborough University)1541321511.0
Edgley broke a record after 74 days of swimming. Yet with nearly 100 left to go in the journey, he had just barely reached the Isle Of Skye.
#GreatBritishSwim how do you motivate yourself to swim for 157 days straight? I struggled to motivate myself to get… https://t.co/hJwBsu1WHT— Adam (@Adam)1541317720.0
Well done @RossEdgley ( under neath the ❤️❤️ on the phone. Amazing experience to swim out and greet him. Huge effor… https://t.co/lStxe7pW9K— Outdoor Swimming Society (@Outdoor Swimming Society)1541323384.0
Congratulations to @RossEdgley who has just completed the #GreatBritishSwim . He's now officially the first person… https://t.co/4y6xETD50g— RNLI (@RNLI)1541320924.0
"He was in the water the entire time" - watch @RossEdgley as he becomes the first person to swim around mainland Br… https://t.co/uLb8GbqEXj— Sky News (@Sky News)1541320701.0
Edgley reportedly rested on a support boat between six-hour swims and ate as many calories as possible each day, sometimes forcing himself to consume "two bananas, a can of Red Bull and a loaf of bread" in order to carry on swimming.
@RNLI @RossEdgley What a dude! 🙌🏼 (no words seem good enough to describe his incredible feat. #InAwe— TeamAA (@TeamAA)1541321763.0
@RNLI @TowerRNLI @RossEdgley What a legend!— Claire Johnson (@Claire Johnson)1541328476.0
@RNLI @RossEdgley Congratulations @RossEdgley for completing an amazing feat! https://t.co/aJX0aZJM8S— Rachael Lewis (@Rachael Lewis)1541324908.0
@OSS_team @RossEdgley @caldamac @RedBullUK @HUUBDesign He’s the real Aquaman lol— Mr. Edwin (@Mr. Edwin)1541337549.0
@OSS_team @RossEdgley @caldamac @RedBullUK @HUUBDesign https://t.co/FrhDrMM8tT— Aray Michael Aromaz (@Aray Michael Aromaz)1541344002.0
@lborouniversity @RossEdgley I have so many questions— 𝒩💍𝑒𝓁 (@𝒩💍𝑒𝓁)1541350856.0
"It's my hope that people remember the Great British Swim as an example or experiment in both mental and physical fortitude," Edgley said in a vlog posted on Thursday by Red Bull, one of his sponsors.
We certainly will remember this amazing feat for a long time.