First self-propelled globetrotter

Human dynamo Jason Lewis, 40, has spent 13 years using just his own body power to get around the world. He has canoed, walked, skated, swum, cycled and even used a pedalo during his journey around the globe and now faces one of the most dangerous legs: paddling his canoe across the English Channel.

His 46,000 mile journey included crossing the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. He will be met at Greenwich on the prime meridian line – where he started in 1994 – by his parents and two sisters.

Having run up £20,000 of debts he broke off the journey to work as variously an embalmer, and cattle rancher in Australia.