Fresh from his 1782-mile swim around the UK, the adventurer Ross Edgley is the first to sign-up for the open-water swimming and climbing challenge that is the Neptune Steps.


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Held in March this adventurous race combines a 420 metre sprint swim in icy-cold water with eight canal gates to clamber over (a total climb of 18 metres). Each canal gate features a different obstacle to climb up – including cargo net, ropes, wood ladder, rope ladders and a climbing wall.