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Conquering the World

17 November 2011

Richard Parks summit - webRichard Parks as he reached the summit of Mount Elbrus

Record-breaking rugby star Richard Parks will return to Cardiff University later this month to give a special lecture.

The former Wales international – who studied at the School of Dentistry – will speak about his remarkable fundraising expedition the 737 Challenge, which is raising funds in aid of Marie Curie when he is welcomed to the University by the School of Healthcare Studies on Monday 28 November.

Richard became the first man in the world to scale each continent’s highest peak and stand on all 3 poles (the North Pole, South Pole & summit of Everest) within the same calendar year when he successfully completed the 737 Challenge.

After a shoulder injury forced him to retire from rugby in 2009, Richard set his sights on conquering one of the toughest challenges on the planet and embarked on the pioneering seven-month race in December 2010.

Battling severe frostbite, hostile conditions and a treacherous crevasse fall along the way, Richard pushed himself to the limit to complete the world first in July this year in an astonishing 6 months, 11 days, 7 hours and 53 minutes and set a new benchmark in climbing the seven summits.

Hosted by the School of Healthcare Studies and the School of Dentistry, the free lecture will take place at the Michael Griffith lecture theatre, Heath Park Campus, at 6.30pm.

For more information and to book a place, please contact to book as space is limited. Light refreshments will be provided at 6pm before the lecture.

Related Links

School of Healthcare Studies

School of Dentistry

Richard Parks’ 737 Challenge