Remember when the Iron Cowboy (James Lawrence) added one day to his 100 straight full-distance efforts to seemingly keep his amazing performance safe for a while? It looks like Sean Conway is on track to break the record – today he completed his 96th straight day of completing a 3.8 km swim, 180 km bike and 42.2 km run on his way to his goal of 102 days in a row.
Born in Zimbabwe, raised in South Africa and now living in Wales, Sean Conway has become one of the world’s most accomplished ultra-endurance athletes. He’s cycled around the world, swam the length of Great Britain, he holds the record for cycling across Europe (24 days, 18 hours and 39 minutes), completed a 4,200 mile triathlon around the coast of Great Britain (“the toughest 85 days of my life as I attempted the entire feat completely self supported”), climbed Kilimanjaro in a penguin suit and many other impressive feats since 2011.
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After his crash last year derailed his attempt to break Lawrence’s record, Conway regrouped and started the process again this year. He’s now less than a week away from achieving his goal – he finished his 96th day in 14:28.
Conway is raising money for the True Venture Foundation which “exists to inspire and support children and young athletes by improving access to positive opportunities through sport so they can connect with and reach their potential.” Today he provided an update on the fundraising results from his effort.
“I also found out we’re at £65k on the fundraising which is AMAZING,” he wrote on FaceBook. “Thank you thank you everyone who’s donated. Really hope we make our £102k target for all the youth projects we want to fund.”
We’ll continue to keep track of Conway’s efforts as he nears the new record.