Chester landscape architect Kate Richards supported triathlete Sean Conway in his world record breaking feat.
Sean Conway recently became the first person to complete full 105 triathlons in 105 consecutive days. Every day for three months, he got up at 4.29am and headed to Mold Leisure Centre in North Wales to swim 2.4 miles before setting off on a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.22 mile marathon on roads in North Wales and Cheshire.
Kate, an Associate Landscape Architect with Land Studio in Chester, joined Sean for eight early morning swims during the epic challenge, which raised more than £90,000 for the True Venture Foundation.
She said: “I swam with Sean eight times throughout his challenge, which entailed getting in the pool with a small group of supporters at 5am and swimming as many lengths as we could manage for 75 minutes.
“The atmosphere was brilliant, and we were treated to music and brownies afterwards. I am still in awe of how Sean, and his dedicated crew, got up each day at 4:30am to do this over and over again.
“His is a fantastic achievement and it was great to be a part of it and to support the work of The True Venture Foundation which seeks to help young people in North Wales to try, love and stay in sport.”
Kate is a keen open water swimmer who, as well as supporting Sean, swam the 5.25-mile length of Coniston Water in the Lake District in June to raise money for the True Venture Foundation.
She added: “I have swum in lakes, lochs, rivers, seas and docks and have loved every experience. Some swims are purely for my own enjoyment and wellbeing, while others challenge my endurance. Making time to swim, even when life is pretty busy, is so important for both mental and physical health.”
Land Studio is a leading landscape architecture, engineering and ecology design practice creating nature-based solutions. Based in Chester, the company specialises in historic landscape, masterplanning, public realm design and regeneration projects both in the UK and internationally.