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The world record is held by American Matthew Lee and stands at 17 days. The race was put on hold after Cracknell received life threatening-injuries after being knocked from his bicycle while training. The team took 18 days, 5 hours and 10 minutes to complete the 770-kilometre (480 mi) race, coming second overall, over 20 hours behind the Norwegian Team, who commended them on making it “a fantastic race”. Macmillan published an account of their journey, Race to The Pole, which became a top-10 bestseller in the UK. While filming the latest series of Extreme Dreams in Peru, Fogle caught leishmaniasis, which left him bedridden for three weeks on his return home. He is a patron, alongside the historian Philippa Gregory, of the UK Chagos Supporters Association fighting for the islanders’ rights to return to the British Indian Ocean Territories Fogle was awarded an honorary doctorate of letters by the University of Portsmouth in 2007.
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He has two sisters: Emily Fogle and Tamara Fogle. Fogle was educated at two independent schools: The Hall School in Hampstead in London, and Bryanston School in Blandford Forum in Dorset, followed by the University of Portsmouth and the University of Costa Rica. He made a film about the facial deforming disease Noma for a BBC 2 documentary “Make Me A New Face” which followed the work of the charity Facing Africa and Great Ormond Street Hospital. He presented the BBC 2 series made by Ricochet in 2006 and 2007 in which he selected five members of the public to go on expeditions of a lifetime. Fogle was the first to cross the line in the pairs division of the 2005-2006 Atlantic Rowing Race in “Spirit of EDF Energy”, partnered by Olympic rower James Cracknell.
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Ben Fogle (born 3 November 1973) is an English television presenter, adventurer and writer. Fogle worked on the Picture Desk of Tatler magazine in London before leaving to appear in reality show Castaway 2000. The series attracted an audience of nine million. He has made films about naval History and the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) for the History Channel and recently followed Princes William and Harry on their first joint Royal Tour in Botswana and made an exclusive documentary called Prince William’s Africa. Ben has recently become a special correspondent for NBC News in the United States. The series is currently showing in South Africa, New Zealand and the United States. Fogle was the first to cross the line in the pairs division of the 2005-2006 Atlantic Rowing Race in “Spirit of EDF Energy”, partnered by Olympic rower James Cracknell.
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Fogle is the son of actress Julia Foster (who appeared alongside Michael Caine in Alfie and Tommy Steele in Half a Sixpence) and broadcasting veterinary surgeon Bruce Fogle. Fogle was educated at two independent schools: The Hall School in Hampstead in London, and Bryanston School in Blandford Forum in Dorset, followed by the University of Portsmouth and the University of Costa Rica. Fogle became a Midshipman in the Royal Naval Reserve, serving as an officer on HMS Blazer. The social experiment aimed to create a fully self-sufficient community within a year.