Scaffolder Conor out to hit extreme heights

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Conor Hancock, the brother of Sheffield boxer Callum, is targeting victory in his next extreme mountain challenge after conquering the Man vs Mountains Rat Race in Wales.

Hancock finished fifth with a time of three hours and 45 minutes - just over 15 minutes behind the eventual winner - and was only beaten by professionals in what was his first attempt at the unique running challenge.

Over the course of the brutal 20 mile run Hancock, who is a scaffolder by day, started from sea level and ran up to the top of the 1085-metre summit of Snowdon, before descending into Dinorwig Quarry and the Snowdonia National Park.

There, he faced a number of ruthless challenges and obstacles including lake jumps, swimming and abseiling, before eventually finishing in Llanberis.

Reflecting on the mountain run, Hancock admits it was the hardest challenge he had ever undertaken.

But upon returning, he has already signed up for his next extreme run, which will take place in Cheshire at the start of next month.

“I only entered because I wanted to test myself.” Hancock said.

“I have always been into extreme sports and despite training every day for this, it was by far and away the hardest run I have ever done.

“Since signing up a couple of months ago I have trained every day. After I have finished a 10-hour day doing scaffolding, I will either hit the gym or go for a run. They are long days, but I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t enjoy it.

“I have already signed up for my next one now and I really would recommend it to anyone who enjoys extreme sports.

“I am going to up my intensity and train harder than I have ever done before for the next one, and I am going to try and win it.”

Conor might not be alone in his second run, as he plans to bring his Middleweight boxing brother along with him.

“I am definitely going to try and drag Callum and Steven (his cousin) with me next time,” he said.

“I want to do more in the future so hopefully all three of us can have a crack at another in the future.”