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Sean Conway announces plans for British Ultra Triathlon

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Sean Conway announces plans for British Ultra Triathlon

Adventurer Sean Conway announces his latest expedition: The British Ultra Triathlon, a 4,000+ mile continuous journey circumnavigating the entire coast of mainland Britain. The cycle ride – on a bamboo bike – will take him 3,350 miles from Lulworth Cove, around Wales, north-west England and Scotland to Scarborough. The run, with an estimated 1.5 million steps, will be around the coast from Scarborough to Brighton where he embarks on the most difficult part, a self-supported swim from Brighton to Lulworth Cove, Dorset, pulling a self-made raft. Sidetracked caught up with Sean two weeks before his challenge begins… and he still has to build the bike, and the raft.

So where did the idea come from? 
The idea was to come up with something harder than the swim [from Land’s End to John O’Groats]. I wanted to up my game and Discovery liked it. I also wanted to move to multi disciple adventures.

When are you setting off and how long do you expect it will take? 
I’ve got 10 weeks to do it and I’m setting off on April 1. I’m not too nervous at the moment as I’ve got so much to do. I will be nervous a mile into though.

A lot of your adventures focus on the UK. Why is that?
People’s natural reaction is to go abroad for expeditions, but I don’t think you need to. I love adventuring in Britain, it’s a cool place and there’s lots more to explore in the UK, and there’s much more for me to explore too.

Which bits are you most looking forward to? 
The east coast mainly as I’ve never done that area before.

Is there anything that you’re already dreading?
The swimming part will be the longest self-supported swim ever, and they don’t do it for good reason. It’s going to be hard. I’m pulling a raft too, that I’m yet to build it. I’ll pull it up to the shore and camp there.

Why the bamboo bike?
I’m taking a bamboo bike that I’m building soon. It’s going to be an interesting way to travel.

Anything unexpected that you’re taking on the whole trip? 
I always take my adventure mascot, the little flying cow – and he has his own Twitter account.


Sean Conway announces plans for British Ultra Triathlon
Photo by Martin Hartley
Sean Conway announces plans for British Ultra Triathlon

Sean’s latest challenge is to be broadcast as special three-part documentary that will air on Discovery Channel in late summer 2016. Fans will be able to track Sean every pedal, step and stroke of the way with a dedicated hub on and social media support campaign using #GoSeanGo.