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Richard Parks

'Richard was given the ‘Rugby Writers’ Club Special Award’ in recognition of his incredible achievement completing the 737 Challenge. Richard follows some of the biggest names in the game including Phil Vickery, Sir Clive Woodward and Sir Ian McGeechan. We are proud to call Richard one of our brothers and he is a valued member of the rugby family. So after his incredible achievement it was only right for him to be honoured in this way by the club. He received a standing ovation from a packed room at the annual dinner.’
The RUWC Chairman, on presenting Richard Parks with the RUWC Special Award

Richard Parks has what must be one of contemporary sport's most extraordinary and inspirational stories. Soon after he turned thirty, the professional career in rugby that had been his life for over a decade was cut short by injury, leaving him faced with an uncertain future. But unlike many other young athletes, Richard decided to tackle his fears, anxiety and depression head on, taking inspiration from Ranulph Fiennes and a line from his grandmother's eulogy - "The horizon is only the limit of our sight" and setting out on the first of the challenges that are now part of his everyday life. This first endeavour, the 737 Challenge, saw Richard create history by becoming the first person to conquer the highest mountain on each of the world's continents and venture to both the North and South Poles within 7 months.

Richard's latest adventures have seen him tackle three hugely challenging events - an ultramarathon through the Peruvian jungle, the world's highest mountain bike race, and a double iron man triathlon in Snowdonia - before achieving his most recent accolade, the fastest ever solo, unsupported and unassisted journey to the South Pole by a Brit in history.


Books by Richard Parks

Beyond the Horizon: Extreme Adventures at the Edge of the World

Rights : Little, Brown UK (WR)

Richard Parks has what must be one of contemporary sport's most extraordinary and inspirational stories. Soon after he turned thirty, the professional career in rugby that had been his life for over a decade was cut short by injury, leaving him faced with an uncertain future. But unlike many other young athletes, Richard decided to tackle his fears, anxiety and depression head on, taking inspiration from Ranulph Fiennes and a line from his grandmother's eulogy - "The horizon is only the limit of our sight" and setting out on challenges that have become part of his everyday life.

Richard created history with his first endeavour - the 737 Challenge - by becoming the first person to conquer the highest mountain on each of the world's continents and venture to both the North and South Poles within seven months. Then in 2013 he tackled three hugely challenging events - an ultramarathon through the Peruvian jungle, the world's highest mountain bike race, and a double iron man triathlon in Snowdonia - in preparation for an even more extraordinary challenge: to record the fastest solo, unsupported and unassisted journey to the South Pole. These three challenges and the Antarctic speed record quest that saw Richard ski 11 hours a day enduring perishing conditions, broken skis and spending Christmas and New Year alone on the ice, were all filmed for a major four-part series to be broadcast on Channel 5.

Beyond the Horizon is an amazing, inspiring, and exciting story for armchair adventurers, extreme sports and mountaineering fans alike.