Meet the ultra runner who ran 870 miles along the Wales Coastal Path in just over 20 days...

Updated: Oct 2, 2020

Jamie Bolton | Capture Wales

Welsh ultra runner Rhys Jenkins hit the headlines recently after running 870 miles in 20 days, 10 hours and 36 minutes for charity. Take a look at the photos captured during the run along the Wales Coastal Path and find out what his favourite view was from the whole trip!

I'm not sure about you but I could potentially run 10km on a good day, well how about running 1400km in 20 days? That's exactly what ultra runner Rhys Jenkins done and it was all for charity! He started his journey in Chester and made his way along the Welsh Coastal Path finishing in Chepstow.

Rhys was due to participate in the Badwater 135 in California, but due to the coronavirus pandemic restrictions he decided to look closer to home for a new challenge, and what a challenge it was! The trip along the Wales Coastal Path is the equivalent of 33 marathons or climbing the height of Everest 4.5 times. Rhys ran an average of 44 miles per day and set a new record of 20 days 10 hours and 36 minutes.

But what was his favourite view during the whole trip? Rhys Jenkins said 'the biggest surprise for me was the Llyn Peninsula. It was completely breathtaking!'

It's easy to see why Llyn Peninsula made such a big impression on him. Llyn Peninsula is dominated by numerous volcanic hills and mountains, the largest being Yr Eifl, although Garn Boduan, Garn Fadrun and Mynydd Rhiw are also very distinctive. Watch the moment Rhys made it to the finish line, beating the previous record by 2hrs 19mins.

Rhys, from Cardiff, raised more than £6,000 for a number of charities including CF Warriors, NSPCC and Maggie's Cardiff. If you've been inspired by his story you can still donate on his JustGiving page by clicking here.

You can see more photos from his remarkable journey by swiping on the slideshows above and below. Our next post will be on Monday with an exciting announcement regarding our 2021 charity calendar. Subscribe on our main page to keep up to date!