Sir Ranulph Fiennes

The World’s Greatest Living Explorer

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French Parachute Wings 1968; Dhofar Campaign Medal 1968; Sultan of Oman’s Bravery Medal 1970; Man of the Year 1982; Livingstone Gold Medal Royal Scottish Geographical Society 1983; Gold Medal NY Explorers Club 1984; Founder’s Medal RGS 1984; The Polar Medal 1984 with Bar 1995 by HM the Queen (first wife was first female recipient); ITV Award for event of the decade 1990, Explorers Club (Br Chapter) Millennium Award for Navigation 2000; Oldie of the year 2004; Hon DSc Loughborough University 1986; University of Plymouth 2011; Hon Dr: University of Central England (Birmingham) 1995; University of Portsmouth 2000; University of Glasgow 2002; University of Sheffield 2005; Abertay University (Dundee) 2007; Plymouth 2011; University of Glamorgan 2012; University of Chester; Director of Science (Hon) 2014; Ambassador for Research BHF 2015; Great Outdoor Winner “Personality of the Year 2016”; Honorary Member Travellers Club; Dr of Laws, Bristol University, July 2018.

Sir Ranulph led the team that discovered the lost city of Ubar on the Yemeni border in 1992 (after seven previous search expeditions over a 26 year period).

Achieved world first in 1992/1993 by completing the first unsupported crossing of the Antarctic Continent (with Mike Stroud). This was the longest unsupported polar journey in history.

​In 2003, only 3½ months after a massive heart attack, 3 day coma and double bypass, Ranulph Fiennes (with Mike Stroud) achieved the first 7x7x7 (Seven marathons in only seven days on all seven continents).

​March 2005, climbed Everest (Tibet-side) to within 300m of summit raising £2 million for the British Heart Foundations new research MRI scanner.

​March 2007, Sir Ranulph climbed the North Face of the Eiger and raised £1.8 million for Marie Curie Cancer Care’s delivering Choice Programme

Successfully summited Everest May 2009 becoming the oldest Briton to do so. £6.3m raised for M.C.C.C.

​In 2010 Sir Ranulph Fiennes was named as the UK’s top celebrity online fundraiser by Just Giving, the UK’s most popular online fundraising platform. Having raised more than £2.5 million online for Marie Curie Cancer Care between Jan 2009 and Dec 2010.

​He was involved in the planning of The Coldest Journey in 2012 and in 2013 over £1.8m was raised for Seeing is Believing. Another £1 million was raised for Marie Curie through successfully finishing the Marathon des Sables (2015)

He continues to raise money for Marie Curie through on-going challenges.