Endurance sport adventurer Sean Conway is redefining the meaning of the word ‘extreme’ with his biggest challenge so far, that of attempting to complete the world’s longest triathlon.
The 35-year old full time athlete started this epic challenge in April 2016, which requires him to swim, cycle and run this Ultra Triathlon, all 4,000+ miles around the entire coast of Britain. He is completely self-supported, using his own kit, and a homemade raft and bamboo bike; and this combined with his adventurous upbringing, and sheer determination is seeing him through.
He has completed 3,350 miles of cycling and has started the run leg, aiming to run a marathon a day until he reaches Brighton before embarking on the final leg - the swim.
Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Conway is no stranger to arduous challenges with a string of impressive achievements to his name. In 2008, he cycled from Lands’ End to John O’Groats; in 2012, he attempted to break the record for cycling around the world although a serious car accident put paid to this; in 2013, he swam the length of Britain and in 2015, he ran from end to end, becoming the first man to complete the ‘Ultimate British Triathlon’.
There have been various events in between that Conway brought his own brand of quirkiness to including the Gloucester cheese rolling competition, walking up Kilimanjaro dressed as a penguin (fundraising for charity) and kayaking the river Thames in winter.
A unique individual with a distinctive ginger beard, he sold his photography business to concentrate on his extreme adventures and has blogged, written books and given talks about his endeavours, encouraging people to push boundaries and reach their potential.
Discovery UK channel are following Sean Conway’s undertaking for a three-part documentary to be shown later this year.
Photo courtesy of Discovery UK.