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Sir Ranulph Fiennes fined for speeding on A9 at Daviot

Sir Ranulph Fiennes
Image caption Sir Ranulph Fiennes is on an expedition in Antarctica

Explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes has been fined £450 and had five points added to his licence after he admitted speeding on the A9 in the Highlands last year.

Inverness Justice of Peace Court heard the 68-year-old, from Exford, Somerset, drove at 98mph in a 70mph zone at Daviot, south of Inverness, on 20 June.

Sir Ranulph previously denied the charge and had been asked to appear in person at the court.

He is in Antarctica to attempt an expedition called The Coldest Journey.

Sir Ranulph's change of plea to the speeding charge was revealed in a letter from his solicitor to the court.

The explorer was the first man to reach both North and South Poles by land and was also the oldest Briton to climb Everest, in 2009, at the age of 65.

In 2003 he ran seven marathons on seven continents in seven days, and in 2007 he climbed the treacherous north face of the Eiger in Switzerland.

The Coldest Journey is an attempt to cross the Antarctic in temperatures low as -70C.

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