Sean and the Challenge

On Friday the 23rd of July 2010 Sean Newall set off on the first of four epic expeditions. The aim is to visit all of the commonwealth nations sending a team to Glasgow 2014 following the tradition of the Queen's Baton relay. The first was a 25,500 mile (41,025km) world cycle that began at Glasgow's George square. He completed this in 360 days visiting exactly a quarter of all the commonwealth whilst averaging 71 miles a day. More details about part two coming soon. 



Sean Newall Biography


Sean’s interest in adventures began when he got a place on the Millennium Award Raleigh International expedition to Sabah on Borneo in 2002. This was a thirteen week experience that involved trekking in primary jungle, living on tropical islands, visiting remote jungle tribes and summiting Mount Kinabalu (4095.2m), the highest mountain in South East Asia. This profoundly changed his life. From then onwards travel and adventure were to play a major part.

            Travel took hold first and immediately after the Borneo expedition he set off and explored more of South East Asia. It was not long after his return home that he got a job working for a children’s camp in Pennsylvania in 2004. This opened up the United States of America for exploration. But this did not hold the same level of cultural excitement as the 2002 expedition. So this led to further trips to Asia. To date Sean has travelled extensively in Asia, Europe and North America.

            His next adventure took place closer to home. The idea was formed over one too many beers. This time he and a friend would cycle from Edinburgh to Barcelona. They christened this expedition 'Riders of the Storm'. This involved cycling a distance of 1400 miles and conquering the Port d’Envalira pass (2400m) in the Pyrenees. Although this didn’t always go to plan; such as experiencing the worst storm of his life, being pick pocketed and at one point being escorted by the police. The expedition was considered a success. This became his new passion.

            Since then he has completed three more cycle expeditions. Amounting to over 4500 miles of pedalling in 18 countries on three continents. Recently he has graduated from the University of Strathclyde with a honours degree in Outdoor Education advancing his knowledge in the adventure field. It was during the last year of the course that he developed a charity cycling organisation called Cycling for Charity in aid of the Children's Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS).

            It was during his last expedition to India when he attempted to cycle to Everest Base Camp that the concept for the Commonwealth Challenge formed. He refers to this as the 'Himalayan Dream'. His interest in the commonwealth stems from being an employee of Glasgow Life (the venue host for the 2014 games) for the last four years.