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Hanging tough

A competitor tackles a rope ladder in the 2017 Red Bull Neptune Steps open-water swimming event on the Forth and Clyde Canal, Glasgow, Scotland.

The event challenges elite endurance athletes in an adventure race like no other. Not only do they swim through 420 metres of freezing cold water, they CLIMB 18 metres. They scramble over seven canal lock gates and other obstacles, pushing themselves to their limits in a true test of speed, strength, and resolve.

Water temp was 7 degrees Celsius. This competitor was being pounded by the incessant torrent, almost losing her grip. She took a moment to ride it out, gather her strength and go again...

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A competitor tackles a rope ladder in the 2017 Red Bull Neptune Steps open-water swimming event on the Forth and Clyde Canal, Glasgow, Scotland. <br />
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The event challenges elite endurance athletes in an adventure race like no other. Not only do they swim through 420 metres of freezing cold water, they CLIMB 18 metres. They scramble over seven canal lock gates and other obstacles, pushing themselves to their limits in a true test of speed, strength, and resolve.<br />
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Water temp was 7 degrees Celsius. This competitor was being pounded by the incessant torrent, almost losing her grip. She took a moment to ride it out, gather her strength and go again...