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Sir Ranulph to attempt 'toughest footrace on earth'

Sir Ranulph Fiennes could become the oldest Briton ever to complete the Marathon des Sables. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA

Veteran explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes will take on "the toughest footrace on Earth" in April - the Marathon des Sables in Morocco - in a bid to raise millions for charity and become the oldest Briton ever to complete the race.

Sir Ranulph, who turns 71 in March, must run 156 miles across the Sahara in 50C heat to complete the six-day ultramarathon.

He hopes to raise £2.5 million for Marie Curie, which provides care and support to terminally ill people and their families across the UK.

Relative to some of the other things, this will take less time to train for - it will only take six or seven months of running five days a week.

– Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Fiennes 'frustrated' as frostbite ends expedition

Sir Ranulph Fiennes says he has been left "frustrated" at being forced to pull out of an Antarctica expedition because of frostbite. The adventurer was injured after a fall at a base camp and developed frostbite after taking off his outer gloves in temperatures of -33 celsius.

Speaking after arriving back in the UK, Fiennes explained how the expedition had been five years in the planning.

A Royal goodbye for the Ice Team

Prince Charles has given his royal seal of approval to the Ice Team before they embarked upon their mission to walk across Antarctica during the coldest time of the year. The Prince of Wales is the patron of the Antarctic Winter Crossing Expedition 2012.

Prince Charles with Sir Ranulph Fiennes Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire
His Royal Highness spoke to members of the expedition Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire
A large crowd gathered for a chance to meet the Prince of Wales Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Ice team sets off on Antarctic challenge

The Ice Team: Brian Newham, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Ian Prickett and Spencer Swirl (not pictured Richmond Dykes and Dr Robert Lambert) Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

The six man team who will attempt to walk across Antartica over the next six months have set sail on their ship the SA Agulhas.

Brian Newham, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Ian Prickett, Spencer Swirl, Richmond Dykes and Dr Robert Lambert hope to raise more than six million pounds for charity.

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Sir Ranulph Fiennes to set off for coldest journey on Earth

The world's greatest living explorer, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, is receiving a royal send off from Prince Charles as he begins his latest record breaking challenge. He's attempting to become the first person to cross the Antarctic on foot during winter.

The expedition will take place in temperatures as low as -70C, much of it in total darkness. Our Science Editor Lawrence McGinty has been to meet him.

Joanna Lumley joins Sir Ranulph in Antarctic send-off

Celebrity supporter Joanna Lumley joined Sir Ranulph Fiennes by the bank of the River Thames in central London today in the final hours before his expedition across the Antarctic gets underway.

Ranulph Fiennes and his ice team, joined by supporter Joanna Lumley, at their send-off in London Credit: Gaby Nash/ITV News

Fiennes: 'There will be no one to rescue us in the Antarctic'

Adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes has told Daybreak that it took four years to get a permit to go to the Antarctic in the winter.

He said: "The Foreign Office don't let British subjects down there because there are no rescue facilities on an area bigger than China and India put together

"So if you need rescue you just don't get rescued."

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