Extreme endurance adventurer Sean Conway is the first and only man in history to cycle, swim and run the length of Britain. He completed the record-breaking feat in 2015 when he ran from John O’Groats to Land’s End in just 44 days, having previously cycled and swum the route.
This year Sean will raise the bar once more when he takes on the greatest challenge of his life. Starting in April 2016, he will attempt to complete a self-supported 4000+ mile, continuous Ultra Triathlon that circumnavigates the entire coast of mainland Britain. As with last year’s run from John O’Groats to Land’s End, Discovery Channel will follow Sean’s incredible and dangerous journey.
Born in Harare, Zimbabwe, Sean had an adventurous upbringing in the Mana Pools National Park with his conservationist game ranger father, Tony. He spent his early years climbing trees and chasing elephants out of his garden, and this unique childhood has been the fuel for his adventurous ambitions.
Sean famously sold his photography business for just £1 to pursue his dream of becoming a full-time extreme endurance adventurer and break records in the process – something which he has well and truly achieved.
In 2013 he became the first person in history to swim the length of Great Britain, having previously cycled it in 2008. After battling the weather, currents and seemingly endless swarms of jellyfish, Sean and his legendary beard wrote history on November 11 2013, after 135 days at sea.
Less than two years later, he had completed the Ultimate British Triathlon when he finished his run from John O’Groats to Land’s End, without undergoing any kind of training in advance.
Now he’s back and he’s more prepared. It’s a good job too, because this time he’ll be doing each discipline back-to-back, starting with a 3,350 mile cycle from Lulworth Cove to Scarborough, via the beautiful yet physically unforgiving Welsh and Scottish coastlines, all whilst on a bamboo bike.
At Scarborough, Sean will swap his bike for running shoes as he takes 1.5 million steps to Brighton where he will start the final leg – a 390,000 stroke swim, across two intensive weeks with only a self-made raft as support, back to Lulworth Cove.