Russ Prepare dinner: The Hardest Geezer who ran the size of Africa

  • By Christian Fuller
  • BBC Information, South East

Video caption, Watch: Second Russ Prepare dinner finishes his size of Africa run

Russell Prepare dinner, the person nicknamed “Hardest Geezer”, has efficiently run the total size of Africa, crossing the end line in Tunisia after 352 days.

Earlier than he set off on the mammoth problem to run the complete size of Africa, he mentioned he hoped to look again at his life and don’t have any regrets.

The 27-year-old from Worthing, West Sussex, mentioned he had struggled together with his psychological well being, playing and consuming, and wished to “make a distinction”.

After working by way of 16 international locations, he has raised in extra of £700,000 for charity and has accomplished his closing run.

As he crossed the end line at about 16:40 BST in Ras Angela, Tunisia, Mr Prepare dinner was greeted by a shouting crowd, with many chanting “geezer”.

“I am fairly drained,” he advised reporters and in a submit on X, previously generally known as Twitter.

Mr Prepare dinner advised those that had been following his journey to the end line: “Mission accomplished.”

A change of plans

Picture supply, Jarred Karp

Picture caption, Mr Prepare dinner initially deliberate to run 360 marathons in 240 days, with no relaxation days

Lots has modified since Mr Prepare dinner set off from house in February 2023.

His preliminary plan to run from Tunisia to South Africa, finishing 360 marathons in 240 days with no relaxation days, was quickly halted by a scarcity of an Algerian visa – a hindrance that will later resurface.

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However after a last-minute change, he set off on foot from South Africa’s most southerly level on 22 April – a journey that will take him by way of cities, rainforests, mountains and the Sahara Desert.

Armed theft

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Picture caption, Mr Prepare dinner and his group had cameras, telephones, money and passports stolen in Angola

After ticking off South Africa and Namibia in 50 days, Mr Prepare dinner encountered his first main setback – an armed theft.

He and his assist group had cameras, telephones, money, passports and visas stolen in Angola on 24 June.

Nevertheless, as with many obstacles he would face all through the problem, the ultrarunner vowed to soldier on.

Well being scares

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Picture caption, Mr Prepare dinner underwent medical exams in Nigeria for a recurring again ache

Persistently working greater than a marathon a day started to take its toll.

After some minor tummy troubles within the early weeks, he was pressured to take his first relaxation day after medical doctors discovered blood and protein in his urine on day 45.

However it was recurring again ache that brought on essentially the most concern.

On day 200, Mr Prepare dinner was pressured to scale back his mileage and depth on the request of a health care provider in Nigeria – even lacking consecutive days on day 205 and 206.

However in true Hardest Geezer model, he was to not be stopped.

He mentioned: “I took a few days to get some scans. No bone harm so figured the one choice left was to cease mincing about like a bit weasel, get the strongest painkillers obtainable and zombie stomp street once more.”

Visa points

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Picture caption, Mr Prepare dinner’s social media enchantment caught the eye of Elon Musk, who bought Twitter – now known as X – in 2022

After overcoming every part in his path, it was a single piece of paper – an Algerian visa – that forged doubt over the complete problem on day 278.

Mr Prepare dinner was pressured to halt whereas he waited to seek out out his destiny as as to if he might safe permission to cross the border into Algeria from Mauritania.

“If we do not get the visas, then it’s recreation over,” he mentioned on the time.

His public enchantment video on X, previously Twitter, was seen by 11 million folks – even catching the eye of the location’s proprietor Elon Musk, in addition to MPs Tim Loughton and Alexander Stafford and the House Workplace.

The elevated consideration on the problem finally paid off because the UK’s Algerian embassy introduced he would obtain a courtesy visa on the spot.

The ultimate stretch

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Picture caption, Mr Prepare dinner determined to run at evening to keep away from the warmth of the Sahara Desert

After the setbacks, all that separated Mr Prepare dinner and the end line was the small activity of the Sahara Desert.

The tarmac roads ran out, as did the sign and any indicators of civilisation. However an finish date was set: 7 April, 2024.

Ramping up his mileage to make up for misplaced time, Mr Prepare dinner made the choice to run by way of the evening as a result of intense daytime warmth and sandstorms.

Social gathering time

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Picture caption, Mr Prepare dinner completed working the size of Africa on 7 April

Months became weeks, and weeks became days.

Lastly, on Sunday afternoon, Mr Prepare dinner laced his trainers one final time – no less than for now – as he set off for Tunisia’s most northerly level.

Joined by supporters from the world over for the ultimate marathon, Mr Prepare dinner accomplished the problem.

The celebrations will go lengthy into the evening – helped by a ending social gathering efficiency by British punk band Comfortable Play, previously Slaves, at a lodge in Bizerte.

And the Hardest Geezer will lastly get his fingers on the one factor he has been craving since day one – a strawberry daiquiri.

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