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Digital Subscriptions > Outdoor Swimmer > September 2018 > EDGLEY SETS NEW RECORD AFTER 74 DAYS AT SEA


Ross Edgley is currently swimming around Great Britain in his Great British Swim challenge

Ross Edgley, 32, has broken the record for the World’s Longest Continuous Stage Sea Swim by completing 74 consecutive days at sea. Ross is currently attempting to circumnavigate mainland Great Britain in his Great British Swim challenge. Since setting out from Margate on 1 June, Ross has swum more than 1,000 miles through English, Welsh, Irish and Scottish waters all without once setting a foot on land.

The record was previously held by Benoît Lecomte for his 1998 record of 73 days spent swimming across the Atlantic Ocean.

“I feel an immense sense of pride, both for myself and the team – 74 days at sea is obviously no easy feat! However, we set out to circumnavigate Great Britain and create history, so we won’t be stopping until we achieve that, ” says Ross, so the epic journey continues…

Ross also stands to break the record for the longest recorded British swim, which was originally set by Sean Conway – who in 2013, became the first person in history to complete the 900-mile swim from Land’s End to John O’ Groats in 135 days. Ross stands to almost halve that if he keeps swimming at his current rate.

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