The original record set 22 years ago, by Nicholas Bourne has yet to be broken. Having chatted directly with Nicholas on the phone, “I can’t believe no one has attempted to break this record yet!” he said. Being a true sportsman, Nicholas encouraged our efforts, and can’t wait to follow the journey. “Records are there to be broken!”

What 318 DAY(S):HOUR(S)
Where EGYPT (-)
When 05 DECEMBER 1998

Nicholas Bourne (UK) ran from Cape Town, South Africa, to Cairo, Egypt, in 318 days from 21 January to 5 December 1998, covering over 12,069 km (7,500 miles) and passing through Botswana, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Sudan.

Bourne’s first attempt to run from the north to the south of Africa was cut short, but it was his second attempt a few weeks later in reverse, starting from Cape Town on 21 January which proved a success. During the run Bourne, a former international catwalk model went through 30 pairs of trainers; covered more than 67 km (42 miles) a day; reached altitudes of 3,657 m (12,000 ft); came face to face with a giant cobra, lions and herds of elephants; and raised one million pounds for the Born Free Foundation and Save The Children.

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