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Man on the runner in Africa gets green light to enter Algeria after visa problems

The Man Runner entered Algeria after obtaining a visa: A man who operates across Africa has given the green light to Algeria to continue his grueling challenge after encountering visa problems that “derailed” his investment.

Ross Cook, from Worthing in West Sussex, has spent 283 days running across the continent, covering more than 7,600 miles and raising more than £150,000 for charity.

The 26-year-old faced problems with his visa at Algeria’s border with Mauritania last week and previously said the challenge depended on whether he could get permission to cross the border, as there was “another way” to There is no reaching the north. tip of Africa

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Russ Cook has been given the green light to cross the border into Algeria to continue his charitable venture running the length of Africa (Russ Cook/PA) PA Archive/PA Images – Russ Cook

The Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO) has previously said that the issue of visas is a matter for the issuing country and has also cited safety concerns when traveling through “dangerous areas”.
However, on Sunday the British Embassy in Algeria announced that Mr Cook would be offered a goodwill visa to continue his charitable mission.

The embassy said he would be given a “multiple-entry visa” that would allow him to cross Algeria through Tindouf province, in a post to X, adding: “Welcome to Algeria and good luck!”

After announcing this news, Mr. Cook thanked those who supported him.
On his X platform, where he posts regular updates on his challenge, Mr Cook wrote: “Boys and girls we did it. We are going to Algeria and the power of social media made it happen.

“There’s still over 4,000km to run, but I’ll announce the end date of the Africa project soon. Daiquiri on the beach is in sight.
“Thank you to everyone who supported, sent messages, went through their contacts for us.”

The Man Runner entered Algeria after obtaining a visa
Russ Cook (left) running through Senegal. Pic: X/@thehardestgeezer

He added that he wanted to say a big thank you to Labor and Conservative MPs who “have both been very helpful here”.

The marathon runner, who is running in aid of The Running charity, has previously explained how the challenge is at stake.
“I’ve been on the road for 278 days and I’ve run 12,000km in 13 different countries and raised over £140,000 for charity,” he said in a video posted to X last week.

But to be honest, whether Algeria will allow us to cross this border with Mauritania or not, everything is in the balance.

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