Ultramarathon ace Ryan Sandes has earned the prestigious honour of winning all four of the 4Deserts events. He received this record-breaking accolade after a first-place result in the Last Desert event in Antarctica at the end of 2010. The human running machine from South Africa led the 250km event from start to finish, battling challenging sub-zero temperatures and treacherous conditions with ice underfoot on the hilly course.
In 2008, Ryan had won both the Gobi Desert and Sahara races, followed by a first place in the Atacama Desert marathon in Chile at the start of 2010. in recognition of his outstanding feats, Ryan was named Running Hero between 2008–12 in his native South Africa. In 2011, he ran the third-fastest time in history at The Leadville 100, and in 2012 achieved a record time on the 90km Fish River Canyon hiking trail. He's since become the first person to win ultramarathons on every continent.
Training for anything up to 20 hours at a time, Ryan says his sport is certainly tough on the body but mental strength is just as important as physical fitness. He likes to see how far he can push himself on the multi-day races when his body is telling him, "No more!"Read more