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Hardest Geezer Makes History: Russ Cook Completes First-Ever Run Across Africa




15 Apr '24
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British adventurer and ultramarathon runner Russ Cook, famously known as the "Hardest Geezer," has etched his name in history by becoming the first person to traverse the entire length of Africa. Culminating his 352-day odyssey in Tunisia on Sunday, April 7th, 2024, Cook's extraordinary feat included enduring challenges such as being robbed at gunpoint and battling food poisoning.

Hailing from Worthing, West Sussex, Cook embarked on his epic 16,000-kilometer (9,940 miles) journey on April 22, 2023. From Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa, to Ras Angela in Tunisia, his arduous trek spanned 16 countries. Equivalent to running 385 marathons consecutively, his achievement showcases unmatched perseverance and resilience.

During his expedition, Cook traversed through a myriad of landscapes, passing through Namibia, Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Guinea, Senegal, Mauritania, and Algeria. Along the way, he also raised an impressive £600,000 for two charities, Sandblast and the Running Charity.

"The first person ever to run the entire length of Africa. Mission complete," Cook proudly announced on the social media platform X.

Source: X/@hardestgeezer

Russ Cook's remarkable journey stands as a testament to human endurance, determination, and the indomitable spirit of adventure.

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Written by Prasad