Ranulph Fiennes is in my opinion one of the greatest men ever to have lived and a living legend.
The British explorer and adventurer has completed his latest challenge the Marathon des Sables which takes place across the Sahara desert and is
ranked by the Discovery Channel as the toughest footrace on earth , the marathon is 159 miles over six days in which contestants face temperatures
excess of 50C , a daunting challenge for anyone yet alone a 71 year old.
Known simply as the MdS, the race is a gruelling multi-stage adventure through a formidable landscape in one of the world’s most inhospitable
climates - the Sahara desert. The rules require you to be self-sufficient, to carry with you on your back everything except water that you need to
survive. You are given a place in a tent to sleep at night, but any other equipment and food must be carried.
Sir Ranulph has a long history of great adventures and never ceases to amaze me and I'm sure many others with his feats of daring do , he holds
several records and I'm sure a place in the nations heart.
Amongst his achievements are....
First to reach both Poles
First to cross Antarctic and Arctic Ocean
First to circumnavigate the world along its polar axis
Achieved world record for unsupported northerly polar travel in 1990
Led the team that discovered the lost city of Ubar on the Yemeni border in 1992
Achieved world first in 1992/1993 by completing the first unsupported crossing of the Antarctic Continent
In 2003, only 3½ months after a massive heart attack, 3 day coma and double bypass, Ranulph Fiennes achieved the first 7x7x7 ,Seven marathons in
seven consecutive days on all seven continents
March 2005, climbed Everest
March 2007, Sir Ranulph climbed the North Face of the Eiger
Successfully summitted Everest May 2009 making him the oldest Briton ever to reach the summit
Over the years his feats have raised over £7 million for charity , after crossing the finishing line of his latest marathon he said...
"I don't feel good, my back is bad. Luckily I've had a load of pain killers. Without them it would have been even more difficult.
"I never thought I wouldn't make it but there were points where I thought the camels, who walk at the rear sweeping up those who are too slow, were
getting dangerously close."
He also thanked those who had donated to his cause.
I wish him all the best for his next adventure , I'm sure he's got something planned.
edit on 11-4-2015 by gortex because: edit to add link