In 2007, Robert Garside “The Runningman” was officially honoured by Guinness World Records as the first person ever to have run around the world.

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Carrying little more than a map and a small backpack, he ran. Ran and ran through towns, cities, up mountains and across rivers and deserts, in a quest to conquer the last sporting milestone.

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On the 30,000-mile journey, The Runningman endured swarms of flies and deadly snakes in Africa, treacherous blizzards and avalanches in The Himalayas and infection in The Amazon Jungle, to name but a few adventures.

His run became legendary and by 2003, after six long years on the road, The Runningman arrived back at the starting point in New Delhi, India and earned a place in sporting history.

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