“The only consistency is that ... I always have to live in my head. So, if I can make my head a nice place to be in, then nothing can really break me.”

Russ Cook, aka The Hardest Geezer,  is an endurance athlete from Worthing, West Sussex. In April 2024, Cook became the first person to run the entire length of Africa from the southernmost to the northernmost point of the continent as part of Project Africa. The course covered 16,000 km (9,900 mi) and crossed 16 countries.  In doing so, he raised over £1 million for the Running Charity which supports young people experiencing homelessness.

He is currently planning the next mission which could involve ascending Mount Everest, the fastest run across America or something else.

Listen to Russ "If you’re feeling lost, have an itch for adventure or are yearning for more out of life." —  Steven Bartlett, The Diary of a CEO

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