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Ash Dykes, from Old Colwyn in North Wales, finished the 6,437-kilometer jo
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The 28-year-old said he felt great after crossing the finish line in
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“As soon as I was on the final stretch, people started to join and we sort of ran to the finish and popped the champagne,” Dykes said.
The expedition took two years to plan and 352 days to complete.
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reach and four members of his team left the expedition before it began because of al
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ter with the locals or, if I was in my tent, I wouldn’t get food out. We had to stay alert and focus.”
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ring with the World Wide Fund for Nature, Green Development Foundation, and Water to Go.