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Nick Butter, front, approaches the finish line with Kevin Webber behind (centre). Credit: @NickButterrun/Twitter

Athens sees history as runner completes marathon in every country in the world

A British endurance athlete has become he first person to run the length of a marathon in every country in the world after completing the Athens Marathon.

Exactly 694 days after he set off on his mission to run the famous distance in all 196 UN-recognised countries in January 2018, Nick Butter finished with the Athens classic marathon on Sunday.

He was hit by a car, bitten by a dog and shot at along the way during his global marathons. But in the process, he has already raised more than £65,000 for Prostate Cancer UK. He hopes to push that figure up to £250,000.

Butter, a former banker, was inspired to take up the 22-month challenge after a friend, Kevin Webber, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2014.

Webber, who is still running five years later, joined the ultrarunner as he completed his 196th marathon on Sunday.


“The feeling of crossing that finish line was like many other finish lines, in the sense that I’m tired and I want a drink and want to be go bed,” Butter said in Athens. “The elation of finishing that run with Kevin and everyone else behind me was just so amazing. I wasn’t really sure what I was going to feel like when I finished.

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