First man to run around the world

A 40-year-old British man will on Tuesday become the first person recognised as having run around the world, according to the Guiness Book of World Records. Robert Garside will run into Picadilly Circus, where he began his first attempt to jog around the world in December 1996, to be presented with a certificate by authorities from the publication. While traversing the world over five years and eight months, Garside ran across 30 countries on six continents, covering more than 30,000 miles (48,000 kilometres). During that time, he slept in the snow in the Himalayas, and at a monastery in Tibet, and also had to out-run thieves in Mexico and gunmen in Panama. He even spent five nights in a Chinese jail for not having the right travel documents.



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