Sir Ranulph Fiennes was the first man to reach both poles by surface travel and the first to cross the Antarctic Continent unsupported. Fiennes has led over 30 expeditions including the first polar circumnavigation of the Earth, and in 2003 he ran seven marathons in seven days on seven continents in aid of the British Heart Foundation. In 1993 he was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for 'human endeavour and charitable services' because, on the way to breaking records, he has raised over 14 million for charity. He was named Best Sportsman in the 2007 ITV Great Briton Awards.
'Rip-roaringly readable' - Guardian on MAD DOGS AND ENGLISHMEN'Ran epitomises British phlegm, and he puts all other glory-seekers to shame. Long may he continue to make us glad that we are not him, while we stand in awe.' - Country LifeSir Ranulph has earned his place in the heroic roll call of Scott, Shackleton and the rest. - Daily MailHis courage, determination, stamina and madness are truly awesome. - Daily ExpressTo call Sir Ranuulph Twistleton-Wykeham Fiennes an over-achiever is a criminal understatement. They don't make 'em like this any more - Qantas - The Australian Way