- Record-breaking explorer who led the world’s first polar circumnavigation
- Ran 7 marathons in 7 days – just 3 ½ months after a heart attack
- Author of 23 books charting his epic journeys across the globe
- Raised over £18 million for charity through expeditions
Sir Ranulph Fiennes was, with Charles Burton, the first man to reach both poles by surface travel and, with Mike Stroud, the first to cross the Antarctic Continent unsupported. In the 1960s he was removed from the SAS Regiment for misuse of explosives but, joining the army of the Sultan of Oman, received that country's Bravery Medal on active service in 1971. He is the only person yet to have been awarded two clasps to the Polar medal for both Antarctic and the Arctic regions. 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, 3½ months after a massive heart attack.
In 1993 Her Majesty the Queen awarded Fiennes the Order of the British Empire (OBE) because, on the way to breaking records, he has raised over £18 million for charity. He was named Best Sportsman in the 2007 ITV Great Briton Awards and in 2009 he became the oldest Briton to reach the summit of Everest, raising a total of £6.3m for Marie Curie Cancer Care. The Coldest Journey in 2014 raised £1.3 million for Seeing is Believing. In 2015 he successfully completed the Marathon des Sables raising over £2 million for Marie Curie. Ranulph holds the current world record for being the only person ever to have climbed Mount Everest and crossed both Antarctica and Arctic Ocean via the Poles.
He has written 23 books, Cold came out in 2013, Agincourt was published in September 2014. Heat October 2015 and his latest book Fear has just been published this year - 2016.
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What can we make of a man who claims to have little or no academic ability and yet is an orator of supreme ability, a clear and engaging writer and who is able to organise the mind boggling logistics required to complete long, complex and dangerous expeditions? What can we learn from a man whose success lies upon his own physical and mental strength and yet works with a team upon whom we must also rely?
That was an amazing experience to listen to an Author and later to have possibility to buy Sir Ranulph's book signed by himself! Such a strong personality; tremendous sense of humour! Exceeded expectations - superb speaker - funny, humble and inspiring.” “I was enthralled by this presentation, particularly the speaker's sheer resilience and no-nonsense approach to creating and building his team in pursuit of the apparent impossible. He presented in an engaging way greatly facilitated by his common sense approach and humour