Swimming for 12 hours a day is no easy feat, especially when you’re having to deal with gale-force winds, the worst waves Britain has to offer and a disintegrating tongue caused by ‘salt mouth’ after 20 weeks at sea.

That’s why Ross Edgley has to consume an unbelievable 15,000 calories per day in order to fuel his 2,000 mile swim around Great Britain. The adventurer has also had to undergo a massive bodily transformation, becoming hairier, bulkier and heavier to adapt to the winter tides of Scotland and north east England.

Ross, who has not set foot on land since his challenge began on June 1, explained his incredible diet in his latest vlog on the Red Bull YouTube channel. He said:

“The Great British Swim is just a giant eating competition with a bit of swimming in between! There is method to the madness, so when I’m having a pizza in the morning with a green shake, it’s all properly thought through.”

So far, Ross has eaten 554 bananas and described his love for ‘nature’s energy bar’:

“It’s become the unsung hero of the Great British Swim. We never really to planned to eat this many bananas, but it was somewhere along the south coast that we discovered that the banana was the most efficient fuel source. They are neutral in taste, soft, and most importantly, perfect for the salt mouth!”

Ross has described his daily calorie intake as an ‘adaptive art form’, explaining in the latest episode how his diet has evolved depending on which point of the coast he is swimming along at any given time.

A recent example of Ross Edgley’s daily intake:

  • Noodles
  • Pizza
  • Pasta
  • Shepherd’s Pie
  • Super greens shake
  • Natural yoghurt
  • Porridge with biscuits
  • Coconut oil
  • Peanut butter
  • 4x bananas
  • Various additional fruits and vegetables
  • 1x can of Red Bull (before every swim)


This past week saw a personal milestone for Ross as he entered his home county of Lincolnshire. However with the 70mph winds of Storm Callum battering the English coastline, Ross was forced to celebrate his 33rd birthday, waiting out the storm in Grimsby harbour.

Ross has broken a number of records since the Great British Swim began. In mid-August he broke the world record for the Longest Staged Sea Swim of 73 days, set by Benoît Lecomte who swam across the Atlantic Ocean in 1998.  Then in September, he became the first ever Britain to swim from Lands’ End to John O’Groats (900 miles) in just 62 days.

Not one to shy away from a challenge, Ross has previously rope climbed the equivalent height (8,848m) of Mount Everest inside 24 hours, completed a triathlon with a tree strapped to his back, and completed a marathon whilst dragging a Mini Cooper.

Follow Ross’s Great British Swim journey via live tracker at RedBull.co.uk/GreatBritishSwim and tune in to weekly vlogs at youtube.com/redbull.

(Content credit: Red Bull Media House)