A fitness mad couple have completed a five-year quest and joined an elite club of people who have run marathons in all seven continents.
Martin and Sarah Steer, both 41, began their journey in 2011 when they ran the Stockholm Marathon in Sweden.
Since then they’ve travelled to Sierra Leone, Melbourne, California, the Great Wall of China and even the South Pole to take part in races.
The final piece of the jigsaw was completed last month when they ran the world’s highest marathon in the Atacama desert in northern Chile, 15,000 feet above sea level.
This meant they have joined an exclusive club of only 160 people who have run marathons in each of the planet’s seven continents.
Martin, who lives with his wife and twin two-year-old sons Luke and Nathan, said: “It was brutal. On top of the mountain terrain and heat, I really struggled with the altitude.
“I felt dizzy and suffered hallucinations, it was gruelling. It was such a relief and a happy moment to finish and complete the challenge.
“It’s been five years in the making and I felt immensely proud. I was so proud of my wife also, who lead the race for about 18 miles and was eventually beaten by a Chilean ultra marathon runner.
“It’s quite an ice-breaker at parties when we tell people what we’ve done.”
Sarah had extra reason to celebrate, finishing second in the women’s race and fifth overall.
Martin and Sarah both work in finance in London and met while studying business science at University of Hertfordshire before getting married in 1999.
As well as the latest challenge the couple also both hold a Guinness World Record for running the fastest half marathon while pushing a double buggy carrying their sons.
Martin completed the Stevenage Half Marathon in December last year in an impressive 1 hour and 56 minutes.
Sarah set the female double buggy record at the Dorney Lake Half Marathon, near Eton, Berkshire, in February after finishing the race in 1 hour 49 minutes.
He said: “We invested in a flashy Ironman double buggy to be able to go out with them.
“There is lots you have to do to register the record with Guinness. We had to send off proofs of time, two witness statements to say we ran with the boys all the way round, photos from the start and finish, and the race director had to speak to them.”
Despite sending much of his life running Martin revealed he actually “hates” the sport.
He said: “I hate running, my wife loves it. We run together and it get us out and keeps us healthy.
“I love travelling and that’s what it helps me do. I’ve met some amazing people all over the world running and had some fantastic experiences.
“I travel a lot and whenever we go anywhere the first thing we do is get up early and go for a long run and explore.”
The pair have both always been sporty and began running around 20 years to maintain their fitness.
The had never consider running a marathon until people kept asking them what their marathon time was and decided to enter the Stockholm event.
After that they were hooked and have raised more than £6,000 for an African children’s charty called Street Child.
Now they’ve finished their marathon quest the couple revealed their keen for their next challenge.
Sarah said: “It’s been a great challenge and a good way to explore the world, but we want to find ways with our boys to give them that same educational travel that we have enjoyed.”
Martin added: “We are keen to involve the boys, like I did with the Guinness record.
“We’ve got lots of ideas, like rowing the Atlantic with the boys, although we’ll have to wait until they’re a bit older.”
The couple live in a five-bed detached home in the iddilic village of Wendens Ambo, Essex.