- Extreme adventurer Sean Conway prepares to undertake the British Ultra Triathlon along the entire coast of Britain
- Sean will attempt to complete the British Ultra Triathlon in a world first – by cycling, running and swimming the entire coast of Britain
- The public can track Sean’s journey all the way at DiscoveryUK.com
- Sean Conway: On The Edge to air exclusively on Discovery Channel later this year in a three part series
Extreme adventurer Sean Conway prepares to take on the greatest challenge of his life – a self-supported 4000+ mile, continuous Ultra Triathlon that circumnavigates the entire coast of mainland Britain.
Discovery Channel will follow Sean’s incredible and dangerous journey as he cycles, runs and swims around Britain completely self-supported, carrying all his own kit, and using materials including a bamboo bike and self-made raft.
Starting at Lulworth Cove, Dorset on 1st April and spanning up to 14 gruelling weeks, his endeavour will be the equivalent in distance from London to New Delhi and more than four times longer than his previous adventure. Documented in Sean Conway: Running Britain, Sean ran the entire length of Great Britain, from John O’Groats to Land’s Ends – having previously cycled and swum the route.
The British Ultra Triathlon will see Sean push his body to the limit as he first attempts to cycle 3,350 miles 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.
Sean will complete this challenge completely self-supported, Tweeting and Instagramming fans with updates and invitations for them to join him along the way. Throughout this adventure Discovery will measure Sean’s ongoing physical and mental wellbeing including heart rate, calories burned and sleep cycles. This live data will be fed into DiscoveryUK.com where viewers can track Sean live.
For the duration of the challenge, Sean will remain on the very edge of Britain which will present a stunning and previously untold portrait of the country. This unparalleled journey will be a world first and Sean hopes to champion this route as a more extreme challenge to rival the iconic Land’s End to John O’Groats passage.
In addition to the sheer scale of the distance, Sean will have to overcome the unforgiving landscape of untamed cliff faces, remote beaches and finally his old nemesis, the jellyfish.
Graham Lafferty, Head of Discovery Channel, UK & Ireland, comments: “It is fantastic to work with Sean again, he is a true adventurer who embodies Discovery’s ethos to Make Your World Bigger and inspires our audience to do the same. Sean’s next adventure is even more ambitious than the first and will push him to the edge, both physically and mentally, like never before.”
Oliver Wilson is the Executive Producer for Discovery and Stephanie Harris is the Executive Producer for Tuesday’s Child. The series will be broadcast on Discovery Channel in the UK and Ireland later this year.
About Sean Conway
Extreme endurance adventurer Sean Conway is the first and only man in history to swim the length of Britain; a 900 mile journey from Land’s End to John O’Groats. He has previously cycled the length of Britain (1300 miles) and last June he added a run too, becoming the first person to complete a length of Britain triathlon.
Born and raised in Harare, Zimbabwe, Sean is well-known for his quirky take on endurance sports and adventures. In 2012, Sean gave up a career in photography to pursue a dream of breaking the world record for cycling around the world. He set out on this epic adventure on 18th February 2012. After three weeks he was ahead of schedule averaging nearly 180 miles a day. His dreams were shattered in America when a driver hit him causing severe whip lash, concussion, torn ligaments and a compression fracture to the spine. Despite this, Sean continued on dropping to 140 miles per day, changing his goal to get back to London in time for the Olympics and raise money for charity. He made it back with a week to spare, having covered 16,000 miles – 12,000 of them with a fractured spine.
Sean currently lives in Cheltenham and makes his living as an author and speaker. His book Hell and High Water chronicling his successful attempt to become the first man in history to swim the length of Great Britain was released in March 2015 and is published by Ebury Press.