Rhys Jenkins is embarking on his attempt to set a new record running the 870-miles of the Welsh coast path. Rhys will run the equivalent of 33.2 marathons, climb the height of Mount Everest 4.5 times in less than 20 days.
James Harcombe from New Zealand set a time of 20 days 12 hours and 55 minutes on 2nd May 2017.
Said Rhys: “What James achieved was fantastic. He raised a lot of money for charity and set an amazing benchmark time in which to beat. If I am going to break James’s record, I’m going to have to push myself harder than I’ve ever done before. It’s going to be epic!”
Cancelled Badwater 135 led to the Welsh challenge
No stranger to brutal challenges, Rhys should have been competing in Badwater 135. “I was absolutely gutted when Badwater was cancelled (due to Covid-19). Through the months of training, I had conditioned my body to take on the world’s toughest footrace and I am determined not to let this condition go to waste. The cancellation has given me a great opportunity to attempt and hopefully set a new record in my home country of Wales.”
Rhys, an ambassador of fitness brand Rokman, hopes that by attempting this record, it will also inspire others to challenge themselves and push their limits.
“I believe that mental toughness is the bedrock to an individual’s ability to reach their full potential. By setting the most intimidating goal possible and working to achieve that goal, we not only improve physical fitness but also our mental strength. I hope this attempt inspires people to take action, push their bodies, toughen their minds and improve their overall health and wellbeing.”
Rhys has raised over £100,000 for various charities through his ultra-endurance challenges, and this time is no different.
Raising money for charity
By taking on this challenge, Rhys hopes to raise £1,000 for each of his three chosen charities; CF Warriors, NSPCC and Maggie’s Cardiff.
“This record attempt is for three charities that are extremely close and personal to me, my wife and my mum. The CF Warriors, NSPCC and Maggie’s Cardiff are all incredible causes that will keep me moving south during the tough times.”