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Ross Edgley lands for the first time since June 1, after being the first person to swim around Britain

Extreme sportsman Ross Edgley emerges from the water for the first time in 157 days after being the first to swim in the UK.

The 33-year-old Ross was accompanied by 300 other swimmers for the final mile of his 1,791-mile journey, 57 of whom had swum the Channel.

He made his last few strokes before he came ashore where he started, in Margate, Kent.

He said, "I had to put on my glasses. I became very emotional.

The proud athlete is posing with supporters

"I thought I would fall over. And then I started running – that was a mistake. I was really shaky.

"It feels a bit strange. Feels a bit too tight for my taste. "

He left Margate on June 1 and circumnavigated the UK by moving clockwise forward.

He had expected it to be 100 days and told his family, "I'm sorry I'm late," when they greeted him by the hundreds beside the beach.

During his epic performance, Rose's tongue began to release due to the action of salt water and he was also stung by a jellyfish on his face.

Ross from Grantham, Lincs, swam up to 12 hours a day, occasionally through the night.

He fought with strong tides and currents in cold water, storms and swam into winter, suffering from shoulder pain and wetsuit.

He was accompanied by the Cornish sailor Matthew Knight, who supported him from his catamaran Hecate.

Ross celebrates his performance with fans in the water

Ross's odyssey was compared to that of Captain Matthew Webb, who in 1875 was the first to swim the English Channel.

Although more than 1,900 swimmers have made this crossing since then, few are likely to follow Ross.

He was thrilled with his reception yesterday morning.

He said, "That was incredible. There are not many other sports where people come out in November at five in the morning, only to swim a mile.

"That was what I love about swimming in the open water.

"Because I had my face in the water for so long, I did not know it – I thought it would just be my mom and dad with a pizza."

On August 14, day 74, he entered the Guinness Book of World Records to experience the longest sea swim.

It is his latest record performance.

In 2016, he completed a rope climb, which corresponds to the height of Mount Everest in 19 hours.

And his mantra about challenges?

"Be naive enough to start, and stubborn enough to cope."

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