Posted: Thu 20th Jul 2023

Flintshire’s Sean Conway on brink 102 Triathlons in 102 Days world record

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Thursday, Jul 20th, 2023


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An extreme endurance adventurer from Flintshire stands at the precipice of history today, as he closes in on completing his 102nd consecutive full-distance triathlon, a feat that will set a new world record.

Sean has been following a gruelling regime for 102 successive days now, daily swimming 2.4 miles, cycling 112 miles, and running a marathon distance of 26.2 miles.

The remarkable achievement will eclipse the previous record held by Canadian James Lawerence, who set the bar in 2021 during the “Conquer 100”.

Lawerence successfully completed 100 consecutive Ironman length triathlons in as many days, before adding one more to his tally, reaching a total of 101 triathlons in 101 consecutive days.

Not just a record-setting endeavour, Conway’s effort is to raise funds for the True Venture Foundation.

The charity aims to inspire and support children and young athletes, improving their access to positive opportunities through sport and helping them realise their potential.

Born in Zimbabwe, raised in South Africa, and now residing in Wales, Sean Conway is no stranger to endurance challenges.

His impressive accomplishments include a round-the-world cycle, a swim across the length of Great Britain, and a record-setting cycle across Europe.

He has also completed a self-supported 4,200-mile triathlon around the coast of Great Britain – a feat he described as “the toughest 85 days of my life”.

With the help of a specialist team, and a diet of 8,000 calories a day, Conway kicked off his triathlon marathon on April 10.

His daily routine has seen him swim every morning at Mold Sports Centre, he then sets off on his cycle to Holt, ending in Queensferry. His marathon-length run takes place around the Chester Greenway.

In an interview with BBC Radio Wales this morning, Sean described the experience: “It has been the toughest 102 days of my life.”

“It’s just relentless…There’s no rest days…People have come out every day to join me on the run and in the pool and it’s just been such a community. I’m just so grateful.”

He added that the motivation behind this herculean challenge was to increase children’s participation in sport, which significantly dropped during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

By partnering with True Venture, Conway hopes to inspire kids to try, love, and embrace sports.

In true Conway spirit, when asked what he plans to do once he has broken the record, his response was, “Just sleep. I think we have to get the world record for sitting on the sofa.”

 

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