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Monday 11 December 2017

Richard to finish seven marathons in five days

AN Irish ultra-runner who is the only man on the planet to run seven marathons in less than seven days on seven continents is expected to break his own record today.

Richard Donovan is on course to complete his final run in Sydney and smash the five-day barrier.

The 45-year-old father-of-one began his epic quest in the extremes of Antarctica, running the first 26-mile leg in --20C at the Russian Novo science base last Wednesday.

His current record stands at five days, 10 hours and eight minutes and he has been aiming to knock half a day off that.

If he finishes as planned, his round-the-world marathon will have taken him from Antarctica to Cape Town, South Africa, to Sao Paulo, Brazil; Orlando, USA; London, UK; Hong Kong and finally Sydney.

With a deadline of 7pm, he will have run 183 miles and flown 27,055 miles.

He is raising cash for Irish famine charity GOAL.

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