Firstly, from everyone at Ultra Runner Mag, a huge congratulations to Rhys on completing JOGLE including the national three peaks.
The Welshman ran the length of Great Britain whilst summiting the highest peaks in each of the home nations in 23 days, 7 hours and 19 minutes.
Rhys Jenkins (Penarth, South Wales) has smashed the record for running from John O’Groats to Land’s End whilst submitting Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon along the way by more than 7 days.
On Thursday afternoon, the exhausted 33-year-old arrived at Land’s End 23 days after he left Scotland on July 13th.
The previous record was held by Adam Kimble and Kris King, who set a time of 30 days 8 hours and 18 minutes on 31st July 2018.
As an ambassador for the virtual running challenge brand Rokman, Rhys is no stranger to brutal challenges. In 2020, Jenkins broke the world record for running the 870-mile Wales Coast Path.
“The Wales Coast Path record attempt was tough but this was so much harder. It was a total physical and emotional rollercoaster from start to finish,” said Jenkins. “The mileage really caught up with me towards the end. My feet and mind were in tatters.”
Talking about his support, Jenkins said “I certainly had my fair share of dark days on this trip but the team around me and the messages of support from people coming in really had a positive swing on my mood and performance. I could not have done it without them.”
For Jenkins, this JOGLE national three peaks challenge was not just about the record, he was running for a much bigger cause that’s extremely close to his and his wife’s heart.
“This would not have been possible without the support of my beautifully pregnant wife, Cerys. My greatest inspiration. Unfortunately, Cerys was abused as a child, so I was running this challenge for her and all the other victims of child abuse across the UK.”
“As well as trying to raising money for the child abuse support charity the Lucy Faithfull Foundation, I also wanted to raise awareness and help normalise discussions on abuse. By removing the secrecy that surrounds it and bring it out from the darkness and into the light it will help those who have been subjected to abuse realise that they are not alone.”
You can still donate to Rhys’ cause here: https://rokman.co.uk/blogs/articles/three-peaks-jogle
JOGLE national three peaks press release by Rokman for Ultrarunner Magazine.
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