Around the world in 50 pairs of trainers

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The Independent Online

Phileas Fogg took 80 days but Robert Garside jogged over the finish line to complete his round-the-world journey in five and a half years.

Mr Garside, 36, a former psychology student, ended the 35,000-mile run yesterday in India after crossing 30 countries and wearing out 50 pairs of trainers. But endurance experts are sceptical at his claims that he regularly ran up to 110 miles daily, without a support team.

In 2001, he reportedly admitted taking a flight for more than 800 miles but insisted he could prove hisrecord attempt. Mr Garside found love after meeting Venezuelan Endrina Angarita Perez, 26, while in Caracas three years ago.

His spokesman, Mike Soulsby, said: "If there is a part of the run he hasn't done, I don't know about it."