The British Ultra Triathlon saw Sean cycle 3,200 miles from Lulworth Cove to Scarborough, run more than 800 miles to Brighton and then swim 100 miles back to Lulworth Cove, Dorset. The 35-year-old adventurer covered nearly 4,200 miles over a gruelling 85 day period. Buy a map of the world, find a place that captures your imagination and just go. From Scarborough he swapped his bike for running shoes and headed down the east coast of England en-route to Brighton, whereupon it was an intense two week swim back to Lulworth Cove. The 3 x 60-minute doc series will follow Conway on his 12-week ultra-triathlon to cycle, run and swim around the country. After, 2 days rest and emergency physio and acupuncture Sean is back on the road, but with the wrong footwear.
We all need to learn that there are different ways of doing things in other countries, and learning languages, experiencing the culture and trying the food is all part and parcel of responsible travel. Over the course of the challenge, Sean cycled from Lulworth Cove to Scarborough, taking on the beautiful yet challenging Cornish, Welsh and Scottish coastlines. My father still lives there on a game reserve in Mozambique. He's already cycled 3200-miles, now he's attempting 31 marathons in 31 days to run 818-miles from Scarborough, North Yorkshire to Brighton, East Sussex. He burns through 5000 calories a day on his bike. In the early hours of June 8 th, Sean jumped off Brighton Pier and started his epic 100 mile swim back to Lulworth Cove, Dorset.
Not put off by his lack of mileage Sean stops at Pendine Sands to set a land speed record for a bamboo bike on the 7-mile beach. Sean managed the herculean achievement totally unsupported, carrying all his own kit, including a tent that he slept in throughout the challenge. Starting at Lulworth Cove, Dorset on 1 April, he will cover the equivalent distance of travelling from London to New Delhi. The month long cycle has taken it's toll on Sean's legs and an old knee injury threatens to end his adventure early. People like Sean are special because they're doing something extraordinary with their lives. He does it, but reaches Brighton exhausted for the swim ahead! I cycled around the world without much planning and you'll find that once you've worked out visas and how much you need to get by there's not much else you need to do other than just go. Sean Conway: On The Edge will air exclusively on Discovery Channel, 31 st August Pictures — Discovery Communications.
I took the easy way throughout my twenties and never want to be that complacent about life ever again. Taking a short cut across an Essex salt marsh proves a mistake and almost costs Sean the challenge. For Sean Conway, the answer was obvious: do the whole lot in one go by undertaking a self-supported ultra triathlon that circumnavigates the entire coast of mainland Britain. In Liverpool and then Southend, Sean met with supporters for public appearances, talking about his journey and what it takes to complete an endurance event. Graphics designed by Jessy Wang, with additional animation by Vitor Carvalho Graphics produced by Mandy Smith.
But the effort pushes his fragile knee too far and he has to find a masseuse to ease the pain. It starts with the cycle — 3200 miles from Lulworth Cove in Dorset, around the cliffs of South West England, up the very edge of Wales, over the top of Scotland and down the East coast of England to Scarborough in North Yorkshire. . He stops at a supermarket en route to stock up on high-energy snacks. The results of his herculean effort are seen in the three-part series Sean Conway: On the Edge. Born and raised in Harare, Zimbabwe, Sean had an adventurous upbringing in the Mana Pools National Park. We are pleased to announce for a new three part endurance-adventure series.
Seven days in, he and Matilda have averaged just 85. We created 29 animated maps for the programmes, showing his journey progress. Challenges like this are what drive Sean and even though he readily admits running kicks his ass and an 80 mile unaided swim dragging a self-made raft isn't going to be easy, there's no way he'd swap the life of an extreme adventurer for any other job on the planet. When going anywhere I always think: why do things by halves? Life was pretty adventurous and probably has a lot to do with my current outlook. With fresh footwear Sean takes on the isolated wetlands of Lincolnshire and Norfolk, battling to keep his energy up with liquefied roast dinners and doggie treats. I love to go back to the South African bush, as you're just away from everyone and out of communication from the outside world. For further details go to and visit the dedicated Sean Conway hub.
Finally to make up the time he lost earlier in the run, Sean takes the drastic step of attempting a double marathon in one day to make up time. Being self-supported Sean must buy all his own food. Client: Extreme endurance adventurer Sean Conway raised the bar once more by taking on the greatest challenge of his life — a self-supported, 4000+ mile, continuous Ultra Triathlon circumnavigating the entire coast of mainland Britain. Leave your preconceived notions and stereotypes at home and don't press your values and ways of thinking onto the people that you're coming into contact with. Go travelling with an open mind and really make an effort to embrace and get involved in someone else's culture. I've got another 40 odd years of living so why should I be in such a rush? At Scarborough Sean swapped his beloved bamboo bike, Matilda, for running shoes and averaged more than a marathon a day, across 33 days, in order to maintain his punishing schedule.
The support from the public has been incredible and has kept me going. On day one he discovers it's not sea-worthy and on day 2 it disappears, presumed stolen. Each one was composited and motion tracked over carefully selected footage of his current location. Most of the world and the people living in it are pretty awesome, if you make the effort to get involved. I was born in Zimbabwe and raised in South Africa. It's with this in mind that he explains what, for him, is the essence of responsible travel. Throughout his journey, Sean used his camera phone to post video blogs and pictures to fans online, with more than 7,000 posts reaching over four million people on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook since 14 th March.
But we're all capable of achieving something that we can be proud of and sometimes it's just visiting a new country or exploring what's on our own doorstep that gives us the inspiration to push ourselves just that little bit further. Having completed a 3200-mile cycle and 818-mile run, he's been on the road for 72 days, but now faces a 115 mile swim, from Brighton, East Sussex back to his starting point in Lulworth Cove, Dorset. The world is not as scary as the media would have you believe. Social media was invaluable to Sean, giving him much needed moral support as well as more practical help from washing his clothes to finding free sports massages. Sean plans to cover 130 miles per day. Through challenging himself not to be complacent, Sean has discovered a way of life that he loves and that has allowed him to see the world and its people from a positive perspective. Discovery Channel followed Sean every pedal, step and stroke of the way and will broadcast his story in a three-part documentary, Sean Conway: On The Edge, to be aired on 31 st August.
Having battled everything from a re-occurrence of his troublesome knee to treacherous mountain roads and mechanical issues, Sean had to find a spot to sleep each night. Feeling dissatisfied with the direction his life was taking, Sean decided to sell his share of his company to his business partner — earning him the grand total of £1 — to pursue his dream and broaden his horizons. Finally, on the home stretch, Sean is unable to drag himself ashore due to the coastal cliffs of the Jurassic Coast, lost in sea mist, will he stamp his name in history? Sean Conway: On the edge - The British ultra triathlon So, when you've already swam, ran and cycled the length of Britain, what's left to do? Most recently, Sean caught mackerel by attaching a fishing line to his homemade raft — Rafty McRaftface. . . .