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About Richard Donovan

Richard is a former economist who is now an adventure race organiser and long distance runner.

In 2002, he became the first person in the world to run a marathon at both the North and South Poles. He now organises the northernmost marathon on earth, the North Pole Marathon, and the southernmost marathon on earth, the Antarctic Ice Marathon.

Richard has completed races in some of the most diverse regions of the planet: from the mind-numbing cold of the South Pole to the scorching heat of the Sahara Desert; from the sea level of native coastal Ireland to the altitude heights of the Andes and Himalayan mountains; and from baking sand dunes to snow and ice.

Among his successes, he has won the first ever South Pole Marathon, the Inca Trail Marathon, the Everest Challenge Marathon and the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race. He has also completed the gruelling Trans 333 across the Sahara Desert and successfully accompanied a British soccer player across the Atacama Desert for a one-hour BBC documentary called 'Desert: The Challenge'.

Richard has additionally set Guinness World Records for long distance treadmill running and is the current Irish road record holder for 100 miles.


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