Triathlon man

Triathlon man


The Arch to Arc is described as the hardest triathlon in the world. It consists of a gruelling 87-mile run from Marble Arch in London to the coast, a swim across the Channel to France, and a 180-mile bike ride to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

When Paul Parrish, a 49-year-old charity worker and recovering alcoholic completed the event, he became the oldest man to finish the race.

. London, UK. Reuters/Neil Hall

The arduous event takes several days to complete, necessitating regular breaks to eat and rest.

“You have to eat, but sometimes it’s the last thing you want to do. It’s often quite good to throw up and then eat straight away because then you’ve got a chance of keeping it down – nothing tastes right, nothing tastes good,” Parrish said.

One of around 20 people to complete the race, Parrish finished with a time of 84 hours and 44min, the seventh fastest time recorded.


Reuters photographer Neil Hall documented triathlete Paul Parrish’s journey from Marble Arch to Arc de Triomphe.