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Last Updated: Thursday May 21 2009 06:58 GMT

Oldest Briton reaches Everest top

Explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes
Explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes during his 2008 Everest exhibition

British explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes has climbed Mount Everest after not making it on two previous attempts.

At 65 years old he is now the oldest British person ever to reach the summit of the world's highest peak, which stands at 8,850 metres (29,035ft) high.

The attempt began three weeks ago, and after reaching the top Sir Ranulph said: This is the closest you can get to the moon by walking."

He hopes to raise more than £3m for the Marie Curie Cancer Care charity.

Sir Ranulph first tried to climb Everest in 2005, but had to stop after suffering a heart attack.

Mount Everest
Mount Everest

He tried again in 2008 , but had to turn back before he got to the top because he was too tired to continue.

Sir Ranulph has taken part in lots of amazing expeditions, and is the now the first person ever to climb the world's highest peak, and cross both the north and south poles.

And in 2003 he ran seven marathons in seven days in seven different continents.