Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

I've Run Seven Marathons in One Week and I Could Do More; JUST WAIT FOR MY NEXT PROJECT IT WILL BE WORSE, JOKES EXPLORER

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

I've Run Seven Marathons in One Week and I Could Do More; JUST WAIT FOR MY NEXT PROJECT IT WILL BE WORSE, JOKES EXPLORER

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Byline: JAMES LANGTON

By James Langton in New York

SIR Ranulph Fiennes flew back to Britain in triumph today after running into the record books by completing seven marathons in seven days.

Exhausted but elated, the explorer finished the New York marathon in five hours, 25 minutes, bringing an end to a gruelling week of running and flying around the globe, just four months after a double heart bypass.

As he twisted the cork from a bottle of champagne after crossing the finishing line yesterday, Sir Ranulph joked: "Could I do another one tomorrow? Easily. No problem at all."

The 59-year-old and fellow adventurer Dr Michael Stroud broke the world record by running 26 miles every day for a week. They have also covered 45,000 miles by air.

Sir Ranulph, who suffered a heart attack in June, said: "It's finished and that's a good thing. I feel very relieved that we have actually completed it as there were considerable doubts that we wouldn't.

"The fourth run [in Singapore] was the hardest. We were getting weaker and weaker by every marathon and we didn't think we could finish at that point.

"We took it bit by bit. If we thought when we were running, that we would have another marathon the next day we couldn't have done it."

Sir Ranulph finished the Land Rover 7x7x7 Challenge at around 3.30pm New York time (8.30pm UK time), having raised thousands of pounds for the British Heart Foundation. Recovering in New York, the former SAS officer from Exmouth, Devon, appeared to be in good shape and even said he had enjoyed his final jog around the five boroughs of the city.

"It was rather pleasant to be in the middle of 30,000 other runners. The first one we did to an audience of three penguins."

That was in Chile, at the southern tip of South America. Since then, Sir Ranulph has completed marathons in the Falkland Islands - as part of Antarctica - Sydney, Singapore, London and Cairo. …

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