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Man completes ultimate UK triathlon

Published 04/05/2015

File picture of Sean Conway who has completed the ultimate British triathlon.
File picture of Sean Conway who has completed the ultimate British triathlon.

An extreme endurance adventurer who has completed the ultimate British triathlon is looking forward to his next challenge.

Sean Conway, 34, succeeded in his attempt to run the entire length of Great Britain - from John O'Groats to Land's End - unsupported, carrying all his own kit, including a tent, and sourcing food and water along the way.

He covered nearly 1,000 miles in six weeks and his run south, filmed for a Discovery Channel programme, was the equivalent of 38 consecutive marathons.

Mr Conway, who is from Zimbabwe but lives in Cheltenham, took over 1.5 million steps to reach the famous Land's End signpost, averaging over 25 miles a day, and there were several days where he reached distances of roughly 40 miles.

He started his challenge by cycling the length of Britain, and followed that by swimming the length of Britain - a 900-mile journey, for which he grew his trademark ginger beard to ward off jellyfish stings.

Mr Conway said: "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."

His last attempt at the run in 2014 ended unsuccessfully after an injury forced him to call it a day.

Born and raised in Harare, Mr Conway had an adventurous upbringing in the Mana Pools National Park.

He came to the UK in 2002 with just £100 to his name and started working in Cambridge cutting cabbages whilst pursuing a career in photography.

Feeling dissatisfied with the direction his life was taking, he decided to pursue his dream and broaden his horizons.

Sean Conway: Running Britain will air on Discovery Channel on Thursday June 25.

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