From July 2013, Sean Conway will attempt the 1000 mile swim from the bottom of Cornwall all the way up the West coast, through the Hebrides and around to John O'Groats in Scotland. Conway will be swimming the equivalent of the English Channel every single day in order to complete the journey within 2 months before the water starts getting cold again.
Conway will be fundraising for War Child, who protect children from the brutal effects of war and help to rebuild their lives. They are on the ground in some of the world’s most dangerous countries – providing life-changing support for the most vulnerable children whose homes, families and communities are torn apart by conflict.
Conway is not new to challenges, having competed in the first ever World Cycle Race and cycled 16,000 miles in 116 days. He was on target for the world record but got run over in the US. He carried on and did another 12,000 miles with a fractured spine. He has also climbed Kilimanjaro dressed as a penguin for charity.
There will be many challenges en route for Conway, with cold water, loneliness, hunger, potential bacterial infection and British weather! What’s more, Conway has only just started learning to swim properly.
Notes for Editors
On the 3rd July 2013 at 10am, Conway will be swimming into Lands End to meet his support crew for the start of the expedition.
Official website: www.swimmingbritain.co.uk