Ranulph Fiennes Marathon des Sables gallery
He's done it! Ranulph Fiennes has completed the Marathon des Sables
Ranulph Fiennes has battled through the hardest ever edition of the Marathon des Sables, becoming the oldest Briton ever to complete the race. Congratulations Ranulph, and thank you for all the money your extraordinary achievement has raised.
Day two of the fourth stage complete
Ranulph Fiennes completed the monster 91.7km of the fourth stage. Getting to the final marker in mid-afternoon, he'll have the rest of the day to get some rest and get his aches and pains seen to. Then, tomorrow, he'll move on to stage five, the marathon stage of 26.2 miles.
Day one of the fourth stage complete
The fourth stage is easily the hardest part of the race. This year it was the longest ever, snaking around 91.7km of the Saharan Desert. The stage is dubbed 'the long stage', and competitors are given 36 hours to complete it. At 8:30am on day two of the stage, Ranulph Fiennes is three quarters of the way through.
Third stage complete
With the third stage now behind him, Ranulph Fiennes' next challenge is stage 4, the long stage. The third stage was just short of 37km, and took Ranulph a little over nine hours. Stage four, which is spread over two days, is some 91.7km, almost 60 miles. It's the toughest stage ever of the Marathon des Sables.
Second stage complete
Ranulph Fiennes has battled through the second gruelling stage of the Marathon des Sables. The 19 mile route took him just under eight hours.
Tomorrow, 7 April 2015, Ranulph Fiennes will set off at 8:30am to make for the Zireg jebel some 36.7km away, contending with dried-up lakes and stony sections.
First stage complete
Ranulph Fiennes has completed the first stage of the Marathon des Sables, and you can see some of the amazing photos we got above. He got through the 36.2km route in eight hours after battling the extreme heat, uphill climbs and sand dunes.
Ranulph arrives in the desert
Flying into the desert, Ranulph meets fellow competitors and sets about the final preparations for the race.
Ranulph Fiennes had his first taste of what’s to come from the ‘toughest foot race on earth’ this week, by running in a 40°C heat chamber. The heat test is designed to test runners' ability to keep their body's cool, and has them running on a treadmill while wired up to measuring equipment. It's an essential test for someone of Ranulph's age before they compete in a race like the Marathon des Sables.
Here are some photos of Ranulph training for the Marathon des Sables. His trainer is Rory Coleman, a man who's run the Marathon des Sables 11 times, and he's writing a regular blog for us on life as Marathon des Sables competitior .
And here are some shots of Ranulph Fiennes from our archives.