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Sean Conway

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Sean Conway was nominated for the 2016 WOWSA Awards, a recognition of outstanding men, women, performances and offerings around the globe sponsored by the World Open Water Swimming Association in the category of the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year
Sean Conway who completed the World's Longest Triathlon (British Ultra Triathlon) in 85 days, covering over 4,000 miles via cycling, running and open water swimming in 2016, documented and filmed by Discovery Channel UK

Sean Conway is an endurance adventure athlete and an open water swimmer. He has competed in many endurance kayak (K1 & K2) marathons and climbed Kilimanjaro dressed as a penguin. He has also cycled 16,000 miles through 6 continents in 116 days and doing most of it with a fractured spine after getting run over by a truck in America. His never-give-up attitude captured the imagination of thousands and is now giving talks about setting your goals high, challenging yourself and overcoming tough times.

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World's Longest Triathlon[edit]

He completed a self-supported 4000+ mile British Ultra Triathlon (aka World's Longest Triathlon) that was conducted in stages where he circumnavigated the entire coast of mainland Britain in 85 days. He cycled, ran and swam around Britain self-supported, carrying his own kit, and using materials including a bamboo bike and a self-made raft. The British Ultra Triathlon was a 3,350-mile ride from Lulworth Cove to Scarborough via the Welsh and Scottish coastlines. The run was from Scarborough to Brighton. The swim was from Brighton to Lulworth Cove, over 120 miles.

2016 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year nomination[edit]

Conway's swim leg of the World's Longest Triathlon was nominated for the 2016 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.

Sean Conway tackled the 4,100-mile, 85-day, self-sustained British Ultra Triathlon with a sense of adventure and a twinkle in his eye. But his last 17-day 161 km leg of sea swimming from Day 69 to Day 85 was nothing short of brutal and primitive. After his 5230 km cycle and 1287 km run, Conway swam by pulling a self-supported raft carrying all his supplies. In a wetsuit, but cold, he fixed leaks on his raft, fished for food, slept on rocky beaches, sought cover in public restrooms, ate raw fish and seaweed stew, swam in pitch darkness at midnight, warmed himself with campfires to arrive knackered at his starting point after nearly 3 months on the road or in the sea. For challenging himself for 85 days with the most primitive of means, for self-navigating and pulling along self-contained raft in a Discovery Channel television program called On The Edge, for keeping his wits and humor about him in the most merciless conditions possible, Sean Conway's swim leg on the World's Longest Triathlon is a worthy nominee for the 2016 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.


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