Explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes told to appear in court

Sir Ranulph Fiennes Sir Ranulph was the first man to reach both North and South Poles by land

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Explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes has been ordained to appear at Inverness Justice of Peace Court to face a speeding charge.

It has been alleged the 68-year-old, from Exford, Somerset, drove at 98mph in a 70mph zone at Daviot, south of Inverness, on 20 June.

He has pleaded not guilty to the charge by letter.

Sir Ranulph has been requested to be present at an intermediate hearing on 9 January next year.

A trial date has been set for 1 February.

Sir Ranulph was the first man to reach both North and South Poles by land.

Sir Ranulph 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.

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