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British Ultra-runner aims to set new John O’Groats to Land’s End record


Rhys Jenkins is planning to run the entire length of Britain whilst summiting each of the highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales to help in the fight against child abuse.

Planned for the Summer, Rhys Jenkins (32, Penarth, South Wales), will attempt to set a new record running the entire 1,050-miles from John O’Groats to Land’s End. On the way summiting Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon. Jenkins will need to run the equivalent of 40 marathons and climb over 100,000ft in under 30 days.

Rhys Jenkins

Jenkins broke the world record in 2020 for running the 870-mile Wales Coast Path in 20 days 10 hours and 36 minutes. Clearly Rhys is no stranger to a challenge!

“Breaking the Wales Coast Path record last year was the most brutal 20 days of my life and the one person I could not have done it without is my wife, Cerys. She was not just my support driver for the whole challenge but she was my rock. She looked after me every step of the way, feeding me, hydrating me and putting up with me when I was tired and grumpy.”

For Jenkins, this challenge is not just about the record, he is running for a much bigger cause that’s extremely close to his and his wife’s heart.

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“Unfortunately, growing up, my wife Cerys was abused as a child, so I’m running this challenge for her and all the other victims of child abuse across the UK. I’m hoping to raise £10,000 for the Lucy Faithfull Foundation to help them continue their fantastic work protecting and caring for children from such abuse.”

Rhys has huge respect for the current record holders, Adam Kimble and Kris King. The pair setting a time of 30 days 8 hours and 18 minutes on 31st July 2018. “What Adam and Kris achieved was fantastic! They set an amazing benchmark time in which to beat. If I want to break their record, I’m going to have to push myself harder than I’ve ever done before. It’s going to be epic!”

You can track Rhys and donate HERE.

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