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Running across Africa: How Russ Cook unfolded his journey on social media

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Russ Cook, or as he’s known as “Hardest Geezer” underwent an unprecedented challenge of running an outstanding 16,000KM journey across Africa from South Africa to Tunisia to raise money for charity. Let’s take a look at the world’s reaction to the historical challenge and achievement made by Russ Cook, how they viewed this challenge, and also how he reported his progress. On April 22, 2023, Cook set off on his journey from South Africa’s most southerly point, Cape Agulhas, and had eyed his final destination of Tunisia’s most northerly point Ras Angel, where he had run the distance of about 376 marathons.

For the challenge set by Russ Cook, he had one major aim that he reported and it was to raise money for charity also he had an interest in adventures. On the other hand, Russ Cook had said that his “Legacy and the Cook family’s name was the driving motivation” for him to complete this challenge and also his reflection on his experience of addiction to gambling, mental health, and drinking which was an attractive aspect of the overall theme of the challenge.

The challenge involved Russ Cook crossing a distance of 16,000 KM across Africa, his route beginning from Cape Agulhas in South Africa and ending in Ras Angel in Tunisia. Throughout his journey, he met various individuals and also visited new countries and territories during his long journey. As seen in the route map he began from South Africa, going through Namibia, Angola, Congo, Nigeria, Mali, and Algeria and concluding his journey in Tunisia where he reported his daily progress.

Given the volume of the overall challenge undergone by Russ Cook, challenges and hardship were inevitable. As Russ Cook mentioned when reflecting upon his journey, he stated that the major challenges that he faced throughout his journey involved health scares and geopolitical issues which were on the rise throughout Africa. The final challenge was the visa issues which caused noise where he faced problems securing a visa to enter Algeria near his final destination. To allow him to continue on his journey, the British embassy in Algeria intervened to ensure Cook was granted a visa to continue the final stretch of his journey.

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