Sir Ranulph Fiennes
The World’s Greatest Living Explorer
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.