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'Behind Strongest Exteriors, Beats Noblest Hearts'. This quote was proven true when a former international athlete decided to pull a 1.4 tonne car over the distance of 26.2 mile in 19 hours! And like that wasn't astounding enough, he did all this for charity! The charity included:Teenage Cancer Trust, Sports Aid, Children with Cancer and United through Sport.
Ross Edgley, a thirty year old former athlete and a fitness fanatic; trained for 14 hours a day, for 8 months, to pull off this stunt, which he claims to be : the world's strongest marathon. This act of sheer strenght and bravery conflated with undeniable and unwavering resolution and physical discipline, has raised this mortal to the levels of something unhuman. The former swimmer and water polo player for Britain; completed his journey through hell, while suffering unspeakable physical agony and has proven to be a deity of fitness himself. And what started as an act of munifecence, has now quickly turned Ross into an overnight internet sensation. He has gained around 500,000 followers on social media sites and has people following his training routines and diet plans.
Here are some of the pictures of the vailant athlete in the act and his way through the crucible to get himself ready for the task.
It all started with him eight months ago, due to some unfortunate events that transpired with his close friend, he had an epiphany; that he should run a marathon for charity, even better, let's pull a car while running a marathon. And so it began, eight months long hard-core training period.
So he called for help from the maestro himself, 'the World's Strongest man'(1983 and 1985), Geoff Capes. And he received one vital advice, 'Bulk up' from him.
After he was advised by Geoff to bulk up, he started to in-take 6000 calories a day and a high fat diet
After the fueling problem was taken care of, he called out to another fitness maestro, 'Andy Bolton'. He helped Ross with his back and core training.
And so the long Road of training began, as he went through the crucible, Ross slowly built his physique in such a manner that it will sustain the intensity of the task he was about to embark on.
The training chart Ross followed.
And finally, after eight months of training and strictly disciplined life, the day came, the day where he will prove to the world that nothing in impossible.
Picture of him before he began the marathon.
It began at midnight, at Silverstone's iconic track with a goal of completing the marathon in one day. Ross planned to travel 1 mile per hour.
As he continued, the weather grew mean and it started pouring.
And then it got worse, as the light pouring turned into relentless down pour.
And on and on he went.
The resolve which pushed him to this Valiant and some what mad task, never wavered. As his feet blistered and every part of his body cried from pain, yet he kept his eyes on the finish line.
At 7:36 pm, the day came to an end. He had accomplished the impossible, and as his wrecked body cried for pain and suffering, he felt prouder than ever. Ross Edgley had conquered his body and mind, and he had proven to the world, that there are no limits for a human, for all that he needs to reach his goal, is willpower and hard work.