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The marathon-running domain has witnessed several remarkable stories where the runners took things to the next level and set an inspiring example of unparalleled resilience. Russ Cook of Great Britain had taken one such challenge of taking marathon running to its pinnacle as he decided to run the entire length of Africa. However, he was called a scamster by fans, accused of faking this entire marathon, and given names like “Ginger Fraud.”

However, amid all these accusations, the British runner has achieved the impossible feat, and his mission of measuring the length of Africa has come to an end. After 352 days of dedicated athletic showmanship, it is reported that the runner has covered an estimated length of 16,000 km, which is equivalent to 385 marathons, which sounds simply incredible.

BBC Sport took to X and posted the update on the handle and wrote “The Hardest Geezer. The most incredible achievement. Russ Cook has finally finished his epic challenge, running the length of Africa – the equivalent of 385 marathons – in 352 days. Simply sensational.” Russ Cook has bestowed upon himself the title of “Hardest Geezer” in recognition of his unwavering dedication to the sport.

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He has documented his entire journey on YouTube to make people realize that he is not faking it and that it’s a legitimate act to raise funds for “The Running Charity,” which helps people with complex needs or homelessness. And the other aim of the fundraising is also to make people aware of the Sahrawi culture. Nonetheless, his marathon journey was as complex as the marathon itself, and he had to endure multiple setbacks along the way.

The Russ Cook Marathon was no walk in the park

While Russ Cook was on his way, he and his team were robbed at gunpoint in Angola, a country in Central Africa. Robbers took away their cameras, phones, and passports, which became a blemish in their noble cause. This was not the only challenge that he had to face, but Cook also got lost and could not be found for days while he was in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in August.

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He then had to pay the villagers so as to free himself as the individuals were armed with machetes, and later in January, he sought help from social media to get a visa for crossing the border from Mauritania into Algeria. However, all those struggles came to an end, and the Russ Cook Marathon would be remembered by track and field fans for years to come.

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