Artic John – ColdBrewEvents

John Parkin is your average 44-year-old primary school headteacher. He works from 9-5, has a loving family and enjoys cake a bit too much. In his ‘spare’ time John runs incredible distances through mountains while carrying a massive smile on his face and the necessities in a chest harness; known only as Arctic John. Read more…

From Nazi Germany to Australia: The Incredible True Story of History’s Longest Kayak Journey – Vanity Fair

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With Germany in tatters, his small business bankrupt, Oskar Speck got into his kayak in 1932 for what would become an epic, seven-and-a-half-year paddle—30,000 miles, packed with hero’s welcomes and near-death escapes, all the way to Australia. But as Speck battled sharks, hostile locals, and malaria, Hitler rose to power and W.W. II began. This is the story of Speck’s voyage, an adventure nearly lost to history. Read more…

The UK’s seven toughest swimming challenges – RedBull

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With a coastline stretching just shy of 19,500 miles and almost 400 lakes, UK swimmers are spoilt for choice when it comes to open-water options.

Only the hardcore would think of taking on the following seven challenges though. Whether it’s battling it out in sub-zero conditions, a river-based marathon, or a relentless 24-hour challenge, these open-water events would test even the most experienced pros. Read more...