In August 2016 Ed successfully swam the North Channel between Ireland and Scotland in a time of 10 hours 58 minutes. He tried in 2014 but due to a severe jellyfish reaction from hundreds of stings did not make it.
This 35km swim has been swum by less than 40 people in world history. It is considered to be the hardest of all Channel Swims as the water is between 10 – 13 degrees and the currents are incredibly strong! This combined with some of the most densely populated jellyfish territory in the world made the North Channel Ed’s most ambitious challenge to date.
The North Channel Mull of Galloway is a unique and demanding swim, considered by many to be the ultimate long distance challenge. It isn’t just the distance that is the challenge, but more, the variable conditions that you are likely to encounter. These may vary from mirror like conditions to wind force 6 and wave heights in excess of 2 metres! Ed completed the swim non wetsuit wearing only swim trunks and goggles. He started at Donaghadee in Northern Ireland, and finished at Portpatrick in Scotland.