British endurance athlete Russ Cook known as the “Hardest Geezer” has completed an epic journey, running over 16,000 kilometres (10,000 miles) across 16 countries in just 352 days.

The 27-year-old from southern England reached the finish line on April 7 on a picturesque beach sand beside the Mediterranean in northern Tunisia, where dozens of supporters gathered to cheer him on.

Cook, embarked on this Herculean task on April 22, 2023, from Cape Agulhas in South Africa, the continent’s southernmost point. His goal was to complete the journey in 240 days, running more than a marathon every day.

But the road was not always smooth. Cook and his team faced a gunpoint robbery in Angola, where they lost money, passports, and equipment. Back pain in Nigeria temporarily halted his progress.

He almost hit a dead end due to visa issues for Algeria, which were only resolved thanks to diplomatic intervention from the Algerian embassy in Britain.

His African run has raised $870,000 for the Running Charity, which works with homeless young people, and Sandblast, a charity that helps displaced people from Western Sahara.

As he started running on the final day, Cook told Sky News, “It’s quite hard to put into words, 352 days on the road, a long time without seeing family, my girlfriend. My body is in a lot of pain. But one more day, I’m not about to complain.”

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