Extreme endurance adventurer Sean Conway – aka the British Forrest Gump – has completed the Ultimate British Triathlon, running the entire length of Great Britain. Sean set off from John O’Groats and finished at Land’s End – totally unsupported, carrying all his own kit, including a tent, and sourcing food and water along the way.
Ultimate Success For British Forrest Gump
The 34-year-old adventurer covered nearly 1,000 miles in six weeks and was followed every step of the way by Discovery Channel who will chart the highs and lows of his run south in a special one-off documentary.
Sean’s progress was tracked, in real time, by more than 60,000 people on the discoveryuk.com website via GPS technology, with members of the public pin-pointing his exact location to run alongside him. Along Sean’s journey, people travelled hundreds of miles to find him, with the most ardent follower hitch-hiking from Caen in northern France to join him in Bristol.
He started his challenge by cycling the length of Britain, a whopping 1,300 miles, and followed that by becoming the first and only man in history to swim the length of Britain, a 900 mile journey, for which he grew his trademark ginger beard to ward off jellyfish stings. Sean’s last 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.
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.”
For further details go to the Discovery Channel website and visit the dedicated Sean Conway hub.