|Ross John Edgley|
Image by Nigel McGinley
|Born||October 13, 1985|
Ross John Edgley (born 13 October 1985) is a Sunday Times Bestselling Author and Adventurer based in Cheshire, England. Edgley holds multiple world records including the world's longest staged sea swim.
In November 2018, he became the first person to swim around Great Britain without stepping on land, calling the accomplishment the Great British Swim. His journey was documented as a weekly internet series produced by Red Bull, called "Ross Edgley's Great British Swim". Edgley also set a new world record 74 days into his challenge, for the longest staged sea swim, according to the World Open Water Swimming Association. About the new records, he said, "It's my hope that people remember the Great British Swim as an example or experiment in both mental and physical fortitude."
Born into a sporting family, his father was a tennis coach while his mother was a sprinter. Edgley began his sports career at the age of fourteen as a swimmer and practicing water polo where he played in the British men's water polo championship and also for his national team. After his competitive career, Edgley took part in the reality show Tough Guy or Chicken? of the BBC. Edgley graduated in sports science from Loughborough University and wrote editorial columns as a fitness expert for magazines like Cosmopolitan, Men's Health, GQ, The Daily Telegraph, Men's Fitness and others. Among the best known athletes Edgley has trained are Gemma Spofforth, Jade Jones and Dai Greene. More recently he has directed and presented the program on Sky UK Welcome to the Fight Club. He also took part in a 26-mile (42 km) charity marathon on the Silverstone circuit, pulling a Cooper Countryman with a weight of 1,400 kg in a time of 19 hours, 36 minutes and 43 seconds. In May of 2018, he released his first book titled "The Worlds Fittest Book" detailing his advice and experience on fitness and health that helped him on his own athletic feats. Other athletic accomplishments Ross has achieved include climbing a rope the length of Everest, and completing a triathlon with a 100Lb tree on his back.
- "Ross Edgley sets record for round Great Britain swim". BBC. 4 November 2018. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
- CNN, Amanda Jackson,. "After 5 months at sea, Ross Edgley completes swim around Great Britain". CNN. Retrieved 2018-11-07.
- Larbi, Miranda (23 March 2017). "Meet Ross Edgley: the real life Action Man who runs with trees tied to his back". Metro. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
- Edgley, Ross. "What I learnt from climbing a rope repeatedly until I'd scaled the height of Everest". Retrieved 2018-11-14.
- Edgley, Ross. "How I trained to run a triathlon while carrying a tree". Retrieved 2018-11-14.