Ross Edgley, 30, from Cheshire, braved the pouring rain to complete the epic challenge non-stop in 19 hours, 36 minutes and 43 seconds. Held at Silverstone’s iconic racetrack, it left him not only exhausted, but with an ‘unholy amount of harness chaffing’.
His aim? To raise as much money as possible for four charities close to his heart after several family members and friends were diagnosed with devastating conditions.
But preparation for the mammoth task – a very real case of blood, sweat and tears – began eight months before.
The demands of getting so physically fit meant a gruelling fitness regime was crucial. At times, Ross – a former international athlete, swimmer and water polo player for Great Britain – was required to train for up to 14 hours a day.
He also shovelled down a staggering 6,000 calories a day on a high fat diet, eating coconut and almond oil by the jar. If, he says, he raises enough money and awareness for charity, he will consider ‘every blister, rope burn and early-morning-ice-cold run not in vain’.