Richard Parks 737 Challenge

Richard Parks, the former Welsh International, Barbarian and Cardiff Medicals flanker, was forced to retire from professional rugby due to a career ending shoulder injury in May 2009. After a period of contemplation, he decided that he was going to confront his fears and unanswered questions by creating The 737 Challenge.

In December 2010 Richard started the unique, multi discipline 737 Challenge. A gripping 7 month expedition to climb the 7 Summits, which are the highest mountain on each of the world’s continents, and venture the last degree to The South Pole and Geographic North Pole. All against a 7 month clock!

On Tuesday 12th July 2011 Richard Parks made history completing his world first 737 Challenge in 6 months, 11 days, 7 hours and 53 minutes.

He became the first ever person to climb the highest summit on each of the world’s continents and stand on all 3 poles – The North Pole, The South Pole and the summit of Everest in the same calendar year and set a new benchmark in the climbing of the 7 summits.

7 summits, 3 poles, in 7 months. A world first.

The 737 Challenge is proudly raising funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

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