Axminster pool manager joins record breaking swimmer

Steve Buxton with record-breaking swimmer Ross Edgley. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Steve Buxton with record-breaking swimmer Ross Edgley. Picture: CONTRIBUTED - Credit: Archant

Steve Buxton was selected to accompany Ross Edgley on the last leg of his round Britain marathon

Axminster Flamingo Pool manager Steve Buxton pictured immediately behind record-breaking swimmer R

Axminster Flamingo Pool manager Steve Buxton pictured immediately behind record-breaking swimmer Ross Edgley arriving at Margate. Picture: CONTRIBUTED - Credit: Archant

Axminster’s Flamingo Pool manager Steve Buxton, joined record breaker Ross Edgley on Sunday for the final leg of his swim around Great Britain.

He was chosen as one of only 300 people to accompany him as he retuned to Margate, 155 days after setting out from the resort.

Steve said: “I followed Ross’ journey from the start and to be part of history was a real honour and privilege.“

Ross become the first person to swim around Great Britain, remaining at sea throughout the 2,000 mile challenge.


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It was the equivalent of swimming the English Channel every day, Ross hopes his efforts will also encourage others to step outside of their comfort zone and challenge themselves.

“Find something that you didn’t think you were capable of and prove yourself wrong,” he said.

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Added Steve: “If he inspires people to swim then what a legacy..

“I swim four times a week but couldn’t comprehend how he swam for 157 days for 6 hours at a time.”

** The Flamingo Pool is a self-funded charity and community pool widely used by local residents, schools and swimming clubs. It is a self-funded charity it embraces eco-friendly technology to lower the carbon footprint and save money. This allows them to provide more activities at the pool. Website: www.flamingopool.co.uk

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