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Runner completes full Tour de France route in 67 days

Peter Thompson ran 50km per day for 67 days covering the entire Tour de France route

Peter Thompson has completed his 3,329 kilometre challenge of running the entire route of the 2018 Tour de France. After 67 days on his feet, the 33-year-old incredibly reached Paris three days ahead of schedule.

Having set off on 19th May, Thompson covered an ultra-marathon each day for over two months in order to cover the distance of the 21 stages.

Reaching Paris, Thompson completed 117km in the final two days running the final 8 laps of the Champs-Elysees yesterday.

The runner completed his original aim of beating the professional peloton into Paris, with the Tour arriving this Sunday.

On arrival in Paris on Tuesday, Thompson stated that it was hard to comprehend completing the challenge after such a gruelling 67 days on the road.

'As you can probably imagine, it's almost as difficult to have made it this far as it is to succinctly describe what it means to have done so,' he said.

'To be so close to a moment that I have only allowed myself to really contemplate over the last few days.'

In order to complete this mammoth feat Thompson had to cover 45,000m of vertical elevation across 3,329km. This translates to scaling Mount Everest over three times.

There were no shortcuts either with Thompson running across the 21km of uneven cobblestones of Roubaix, ridden on Stage 9, and to the top of high mountains such as the Col du Portet, Col du Tormalet and Col d'Aubisque. 

Thompson also had to compete with the recent hot weather that has gripped Western Europe with temperatures exceeding 33 degrees at points.

The reason for this impressive feat was to raise money and awareness for two charities, Liveability and Mind. Both tackle the issue of mental health, a battle that Thompson himself has fought.

So far, Thompson has raised £12,946 of his £20,000 target through his website marathons of the mind

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