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Entries open as open-water swimmers bid to be one of just 400 competitors in Glasgow

Daredevils from Scotland and beyond will tomorrow fight for a place at the world’s toughest open water adventure race.

Red Bull Neptune Steps will be back this year, and entries are now open.

The unique event returns to the Forth & Clyde Canal for the third year in a row with the support of Scottish Canals.

On Saturday March 18 Red Bull are giving 400 competitors the chance to swim, climb and conquer the ultimate open-water adventure race – more than double last year.

Following successive wins in 2015 and 2016 in Glasgow, Red Bull gave Mark Deans the opportunity to compete in Red Bull Neptune Steps as it debuted in Sweden last year, where he notched up yet another impressive victory.

As Mark looks ahead to returning to the ice-cold temperatures at Maryhill Locks to defend his title, he said: “It won’t be easy, but I’m hoping to make it three in a row in my hometown.

“The Red Bull Neptune Steps course is a real test of raw power and speed-endurance.  I’d encourage anyone looking to challenge themselves in 2017 to give this one a go as it’s the only event of its kind.”

Interested swimmers are urged to sign-up as soon as possible to guarantee entry after 2016’s Red Bull Neptune Steps sold out in a record eight minutes.

Red Bull Neptune Steps will start with 400 competitors competing in heats throughout the day, and will feature separate female and junior competitions. The winners from each round will move onto the semi-final heat and eventually the final.

Each canal gate features a different obstacle, which the swimmers have to climb over before diving into the next section of water, including cargo net, ropes, wood ladder, rope ladders and a climbing wall.

Red Bull Neptune Steps will take place on Saturday March 18 at Maryhill Locks in Glasgow.  For more information on watching the event or taking part please visit the website.