Tiger Man did it!
British wildlife photographer Paul Goldstein completed the grueling Everest Marathon on May 29 with his trusty 9ft tiger on his back.
The Wimbledon-based environmentalist has already run an incredible 19 charity marathons in the distinctive outfit.
For what he said would be his last race, Goldstein chose what is considered one of the highest and most difficult races in the world, with a starting point at 5,364 meters (17,598 feet) at the above sea level.
It took around 12 hours for the 59-year-old to finish 140th to cross the finish line, although he adds: “141st, as the tiger crossed the line right in front of me – by a hair. “
It was an 11-day ascending trek to even start, which included two nights of camping on the Khumbu Mobile Ice Shelf at Everest Base Camp.
Goldstein, who raises money for his charity Worth More Alive, explains: “The campaign started 12 years ago with the London Marathon. Since then, he has run 19 marathons and climbed Kilimanjaro. It was his 20th and last and should be the hardest. challenge.
“I’ve battled disease, cold, wind and altitude, tigers face much more difficulty: they’ve been mistreated for years and many continue to live in hideous incarcerations or apartments like pets. Their body parts continue to be harvested, and until that changes, they will continue to be persecuted.
“They are worth so much more alive than dead on the poacher’s or dealer’s slab. This campaign raised hundreds of thousands of pounds, I hope it raised awareness but I ran my last marathon in it.”
The night before the marathon, Goldstein reported, “Everest Base Camp, a collection of ragged tents on a moving glacier. I woke up several times in the night: part cold, part uncontrollable screams of a runner – six were evacuated by helicopter yesterday – perhaps it was the crack and concussion of a distant avalanche or the rumble of storms further down the mountain or the crack and groan of Khumbu ice.”