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Atlantic swim: the challenge in numbers

Ben has been training for this for years. Credit: Ben Hooper

A British father is about to attempt to swim across the Atlantic Ocean.

Ben Hooper has taken on quite an amazing challenge - in fact, no one has ever done it before!

Looking at some of these numbers, it might not be so surprising....

The distance

2,000
miles Ben will try to swim
12
hours per day Ben will spend swimming
4.5
estimated amount of months Ben will be out in the ocean

The danger

Ben is going to have to face some pretty daunting physical challenges over the next 140 days, from storms to sharks...

Credit: Ben Hooper
40mph
speed at which flying fish could hit Ben in the face
30ft
height waves could reach in a storm
26 ° C
lowest sea temperature Ben is likely to come across

The daily grind

And just how do you keep going during such a mammoth mission? Ben will need to eat and sleep regularly to keep himself healthy.

12,000
calories per day Ben is likely to burn
20mins
interval between Ben's "feeds" - food and drink thrown to him in the water

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Somerset teenager reaches Turkey on his unicycle

Ed Pratt is aiming to be the first person to unicycle around the world Credit: Ed Pratt

A Somerset teenager who aims to be the first person to unicycle around the world has crossed his first continent.

Ed Pratt left his home in Taunton in March to begin the journey which could take two years to complete. He has passed through Europe and is now continuing through Turkey.

Thank you to all the Europeans that hosted me, filled up my water bottles, fed me, fixed the unicycle, bought me beer, cheered as I rode past and wrote kind words of encouragement through messages and comments.

I know that in the context of my whole world trip, crossing Europe is still just scratching the surface, but it still feels amazing to finally arrive in Turkey after almost three months on the road.

I can't wait to start making some more progress into Turkey and excited to reveal what the second continent of this amazing tour has to offer.

– Ed Pratt