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Rugby star to give lecture at Cardiff University

17 November 2011

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 Cardiff 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 School of Healthcare Studies’ Michael Griffiths Building, 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.

Notes to editors

1. For interview requests or for high-resolution images, please contact Tracy Pinder on 07760165165 or email

2. Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities and is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s most research intensive universities. Among its academic staff are two Nobel Laureates, including the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine, University President Professor Sir Martin Evans.

Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning. Three major new Research Institutes, offering radical new approaches to neurosciences and mental health, cancer stem cells and sustainable places were announced by the University in 2010.

For further information contact

Sarah Bunney

Cardiff University

Tel: 029 2087 0293