This article originally appeared in BBC Sportshour
Single mum and open water swimmer Beth French attempted a physical challenge that no-one had ever done before.
She set out to conquer Oceans Seven, a challenge consisting of the seven most dangerous sea-channels in the world.
Her efforts have been turned into a film called Against the Tides and she tells us about her journey, coming face to face with jellyfish and sharks, battling extreme conditions and deciding to give up with the finishing line in sight. All whilst living with M.E. (a.k.a. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome)
Photo: Beth French swimming (Credit: Oceans 7 films)