RUN247 / Running News / Ultramarathon News / ‘Hardest Geezer’ running to every England game at Euro 2024 – and calls it a “doddle”

‘Hardest Geezer’ running to every England game at Euro 2024 – and calls it a “doddle”

Jonathan Turner
News Director
Updated on
Endure 24
How Far Will You Go? UK's Biggest 24hr Trail Race

Russ Cook – aka the ‘Hardest Geezer’ – is back on the road, two months after making headlines around the world for running the entire length of Africa.

The 27-year-old from Worthing covered more than 16,000 kilometres over 352 days through 16 different countries on his epic African adventure.

He overcame an armed robbery, visa issues and health scares as he ran from South Africa’s most southerly point to cross the finish line in Tunisia nearly a year later – and raised over £1million for charity.


Back on road

He’d teased a new venture was in the offing last week when he said: “2 months since Project Africa finished. Just about starting to settle back into ‘normal’ life in the UK, so there is only one thing for it. BACK ON ROAD.”

And all has been revealed as the big football fan is going to be running to every England game at Euro 2024.

While not on the scale of the Africa challenge, Cook still has the small matter of 352 miles (566km) to cover before England’s first game (against Serbia) this Sunday in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.

He will then run to the next two group games which are in Frankfurt (just under 300km away) the following Thursday and then Cologne (around 200km) on 25th June.

Russ Cook completes his epic run across the entire length of Africa [Photo credit: The Snapshot People Ltd]
Russ Cook after running the entire length of Africa [Photo credit: The Snapshot People Ltd]

So that’s close to 1,000km just for the group games and he’ll then be hoping England progress to the knockout stages to set up the next phase of the run.

‘An absolute tear up’

Cook will again be raising money for The Running Charity and is donating his sponsorship from Sports Direct and Score Draw to the charity.

And speaking about what lies ahead he called it “a doddle”!

He set off from Wembley, will run to Essex and then get a ferry across the English Channel before running through the Netherlands and on to Germany to “see Southgate and the boys on an absolute tear up”.

He added: “What a time to be alive! Gotta be said as well, it’s significantly easier than running across the Sahara Desert so I’m enjoying myself… what a doddle.”

Jonathan Turner
Written by
Jonathan Turner
Jonathan Turner is News Director for both TRI247 and RUN247, and is accustomed to big-name interviews, breaking news stories and providing unrivalled coverage for endurance sports.  


In episode 1 of our new SBRX Show we sit down with ultra runners and coaches Kim and Jayson Cavill to get their take on the Barkley Marathons and triathlon & trail running gear reviews, training tips and more

Latest Running News

Courtney Dauwalter Transgrancanaria win [Photo credit: The Adventure Bakery / The North Face Transgrancanaria]
Hardrock 100 results 2024: Dauwalter and Pommeret SMASH course records
Luke Grenfell Shaw wins Val d Aran 2024 photo copyright UTMB
Emotional UTMB win for Luke Grenfell-Shaw MBE on anniversary of brother’s tragic death
Nina Engelhard wins Grossglockner Mountain race 2024 photo credit WMRA Marco Gulberti
Grossglockner Mountain Run 2024 results: Engelhard and Omaya Atuya take the wins
Joyce Muthoni Njeru wins Broken Arrow Skyrace 2024 photo credit Scott Rokis
Joyce Muthoni Njeru bids for Valsir Mountain Running World Cup hat-trick
Courtney Dauwalter crosses the finish line Mt Fuji 100 Photo credit: Fuji Hakone Izu Trail Support - Gran Canaria World Trail Majors
‘Exploding what everyone thought possible’ – Dauwalter and Schide are opening ‘the floodgates’
trail running on your terms

Never miss out with our trail alerts & digest. Get a dose of adventure & inspiration with Boundless.

Invalid email address
The SBRX Group

Proudly elevating endurance sports through content, products & services

Share to...