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Ness Knight on a 1,500 Mile Big British Triathlon Adventure

ness knight promoAdventurer and Endurance athlete Ness Knight is two weeks into her latest adventure appropriately titled A Big British Adventure. She started on August 10th a will be taking on a 1,500 mile triathlon across Great Britain, three tough disciplines (swim, run, bike) and one beautiful country.

Ness will be embarking on the toughest challenge of her career so far, pushing her physical and mental limits to their extremes in what will be the longest solo triathlon ever undertaken in Great Britain. The 1,500 mile endurance triathlon consist of her swimming 215 miles in the River Thames, a run 365 miles across the South Coast and then cycle 1,000 miles north from Land's End to the tip of the UK, to John O'Groats.

If you have done an Iron Distance race or are familiar with the distances this would be equivalent to 90 Ironman Swims, 14 marathons and almost 9 Ironman Bike rides. An adventure so bold that it makes a single Ironman pale in comparison. Total distance wise it's similar to what one might do in a Deca Ultra Triathlon.

Ness is no stranger when it comes to long or big adventures. In August of 2012 she paddled 1001 miles down the Missouri River on a stand up paddleboard with British adventurer Dave Cornthwaite. At the time she was an integral part of Dave's Swim1000 project, leading up his support team and managing the expedition's social media campaign. After that she ventured off on her own and on October 28th 2012 she continued with leg two of her 3,000 mile paddle and pedal across the USA by cycling 2,000 miles solo from St Louis to California. Camping in deserted ghost towns, cycling through high elevation semi-deserts and fighting the relentless Oklahoma winds.

The Swim
nessknightmap.jpgLeg 1 of the adventure begins near the sleepy town of Kemble in Gloucester where Ness will be jumping into the Thames and swimming Britain's most famous river from source to sea, a 215 mile race against the clock.

It hasn't been easy for her so far on the swim according to this this tweet "Nearing #London on my #ThamesRiver #swim - 2 problem areas yesterday. Had raw sewage leaks followed by diesel spill"

The Run
Leg 2 begins when she reaches the North Sea in Southend-on-Sea. Here Ness will haul herself out of the water and straight into her running shoes to pound the pavements all the way to Land's End.

The Cycle
Leg 3 may well be the toughest as exhaustion sets in earnest. She will have to haul her tired legs onto a bike to cycle 1,000 unforgiving miles from Land's End to John O'Groats, cranking up the pace to her maximum for the finale.

She expects that each leg of the journey (swim, run, cycle) will take up to a maximum of 2 weeks to complete. Check out these pages for updated info on schedules and routes:

You wonder why people do things like this, for her it's two reasons. One to push herself to the limits, to see how far she can go and the second reason is for charity. Ness is raising funds for Sentebale. All money raised will go to the charity Sentebale, founded by Prince Harry, an incredible charity helping children living in poverty and with HIV/AIDS in Lesotho, South Africa.

What does it take to get this done, well here is a picture she posted on Twitter, "there you have 1,500 miles of triathlon all wrapped up in 3 boxes!!"


Those in the UK can join her on her adventure. This is a solo endurance triathlon for Ness, however absolutely everyone is invited to join for various sections of the adventure, as there is something for all to get involved in.

You can follow her, see her updates, cheer her on and donate via the following links:

• A Big British Adventure Website: www.bigbritishadventure.co.uk
• Twitter: @ness_knight (regular updates and pictures)
• Facebook: www.facebook.com/NessKnightAdventure
• Donate to her Charity: www.justgiving.com/bigbritishadvenrure

We wish here the best! We will keep an eye on her adventure and try to give her updates via twitter.