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Adventurer Sean Conway is the first ever person to conquer the Ultimate British Triathlon

Adventurer Sean Conway is the first ever person to conquer the Ultimate British Triathlon
24th June 2015 Kactus Pie Design

Sean Conway became the first person in history to complete the Ultimate British Triathlon when he ran from John O’Groats to Land’s End, arriving in the south west of England on Sunday 3 May this year.

His story, Sean Conway: Running Britain, will be detailed in a special two part documentary this Thursday on the Discovery Channel, and is a raw and honest account of one man’s endeavour to push his mind and his body to the very limits of endurance.

The final leg of Sean’s incredible Ultimate British Triathlon began on 21 March as he pitted his mind and body against the rugged and unforgiving British landscape.

The two-part documentary charts the highs and lows of Sean’s epic run which saw him clock up more than 1,000 miles, totally unsupported in just over six weeks – the equivalent of 38 consecutive marathons – carrying all his own kit, including a tent, sourcing food and water along the way to Land’s End.

Sean started his unique triathlon attempt by cycling the length of Britain, a whopping 1,300 miles in 2008, and followed that by becoming the first and only man in history to swim the 900 mile length of Britain in 2013, for which he grew his trademark ginger beard, to ward off jellyfish stings.

His first attempt at the run in 2014 ended in a very public failure after he injured his knee whilst taking a selfie, and had to call it a day.

Man on a mission: Sean Conway

This time, with no set route or confirmed locations to set up camp, other than at his mum’s house in Cheltenham, Sean’s course was shaped by tips from locals he met along the way as he searched for the best possible route through the cities, towns and countryside of Great Britain.

Sean commented: “It all began because I realised I had a need to push myself physically and mentally to live my life to the full.

“The run was incredibly tough, tougher than I expected, but the passion and support of the British public throughout my journey was tremendous and without them I do not think I would have accomplished this historic feat.

“I really needed to make this run happen because failing it a second time round was not an option for me. I’m relieved to have finished now and look forward to challenging myself and my aching limbs to something else in the not too distant future.”


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Published: 08:00, 24 JUN 2015
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