7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days

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  1. scotthayes macrumors 68000

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    This has only ever been done once before, by Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Dr. Mike Stroud.

    The difference is, Dave Heeley is blind.

    He's finished the first one in the Falklands (accepted for the Antarctic leg) in 4:15 and has stated the South America leg in Rio.

    Then it's LA for the North America leg, over to Sydney for the Australasia leg, followed by a really killer in Dubai for the Asia leg then Tunis for the Africa run and finishes off in London on Sunday in the London Marathon for the European leg.

    If you are in one of the cities Dave is running give the guy a cheer and maybe sponsor him. He's trying to raise £100,000 for the guide dogs.

    Blind Dave's website
     
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    I cursed the marathoners that were running in St. Louis yesterday morning for waking me up too early. (I was just a couple blocks from the starting line.) However, I will rescind my curse for this guy. I have a feeling he won't need my help to lose his toenails. I hope he's able to do it. That's quite the feat.
     
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    Holy crap, that's 180 miles in 7 days. Better him than me, but I wish him well!
     
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    Wow! My credit to him totally! I'm surprised I haven't heard of this more.... he deserves £100,000,000 in sponsorship for guide dogs!
     
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    It's been on a local Birmingham website for a while. ITV Central have picked it up and are following him. No doubt the nationals will pick it up later in the week. Though a bit of website pimpage will help.
     
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    I noticed the BBC Midlands Todays gave it some coverage last night.


    It's two down five to go.
     
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    Well, it's now 4 down and 3 to go. He completed the Sydney leg today.

    Oh and so far all do in under 5 hours, pretty impressive stuff...
     
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    It is really amazing what some people are capable of. This guy is the man.
     
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    Aww....you just killed the 7's....7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days..and 7 posts. :(

    When I saw that, I didn't want to post. It was too perfect. Ah well. Anyway, this is very admirable. I don't know if I could even do one marathon, let alone 7 (and in 7 days no less!). Wow! How do you recover in that short of time?
     
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    Well more people have climbed Everest than have done this.

    He's now done 5 of the seven after completing the Dubai one yesterday.

    Just Tunis and then the big finish in London on Sunday
     
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    Damn, anyone who can do this has the heart of a horse!

    They are cheating with the Antarctica part of the trip, though. That doesn't take anything away from the achievement, but I was hoping for some photos of a guy in a parka, running with penguins.
     
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    It's 6 down and one to go now.

    Think the penguins would have been a trip hazard :D
     
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    Haha, yeah, they are probably quite slippery, especially if you step on one. "Yer slowin' me down, bitches!"
     
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    The Seven Cubed Club:
    - Sir Ranulph Fiennes
    - Dr. Mike Stroud

    And soon to be Mr. Dave Heeley.

    Awesome! :)
     
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    He's no Terry Fox, though. He didn't do it on 7 continents, but come on......running a marathon for 143 days straight, on one good leg, is unbeatable.
     
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    And of course Mac Carr who is blind Dave's guide and running with him and tied together at the wrist.

    That is amazing, just shows what the human body can do.
     
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    You answered a question that I was going to look up.

    I had wondered if it was the same person each time, or a different guide.

    So yes, it's awesome for the both of them. :)
     
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    i was thinking - his dog would be tired running all that way.

    Way to go - i'd have trouble doing 1
     
  21. scotthayes thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Nice to see another Mac Rumors user name in the donation list.

    He's only got to "Keep right on" for another 26 and a bit miles.

    I'd say he's a dead cert. for the BBC Sports personality of the Year Helen Rollason Award this year.
     
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    Had to me bit!

    Think Dave is more a boing boing man, but happy for him to 'Keep Right on'
     
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    How the hell would their wrists be anything but raw by now??? :eek:
     
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    You're right, he's a Black Country lad. Pity he supports the Baggies though. :)

    Hope it goes well for them tomorrow, it will a great achievement for the both of them.

    I don't think they are tightly bound together, just a strap to keep them close.

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    Sorry, I was thinking 3-legged race from Hell. ;)
     

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