Sir Ranulph Fiennes: asleep at the wheel

Sir Ranulph Fiennes: asleep at the wheel

Eccentric explorer and Everest summiteer Sir Ranulph Fiennes has been fined £1,000 after crashing his car after taking part in the High Peak Marathon earlier this year.

Stockport Magistrates heard that Sir Ranulph fell asleep at the wheel of his car in the incident, following his participation in the 68km (42-mile) night navigation endurance race with three other members of his Poles Apart team.

The explorer pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention and was also given four points on his licence.

His Jaguar crossed to the wrong side of the road in the incident in Stockport in March and ran head-on into a Nissan Micra, seriously injuring its driver. It then hit a Ford Focus.

Sir Ranulph Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes, 66, reached the summit of Everest at his third attempt in May last year – the oldest Briton to do so. He also took part in seven marathons on seven continents in seven days and conquered the north face of the Eiger, despite having vertigo and having had a heart bypass.

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