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I am now walking around the world!

August 21st, 2016

Just to let my old readers know that I am currently walking around the world! Today, August 21st, 2016 I am now in Kemerovo, Russian Siberia and on my way to Mongolia. From there to China, South-East Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, USA, southern Europe to France, England, Wales and then to finish it all off with a lap of Ireland :)

I have walked over 6,400 kilometres/ 4,000 miles since leaving Ireland on February 27th, 2016

Please see my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/tony.mangan.14 or my website www.myworldwalk.com Please press blog link to follow me, well online anyway :)

If you would like to sponsor a hotel night, meal etc please click on the PayPal link on this website or on my world walk website. Thank you for your support!

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I have decided to walk around the world!

February 23rd, 2016

Hi everyone!! Sorry for the long lack of updates as I had a technical issue with this website which has now been resolved.
This Saturday, Feb 27th I will begin a walk around the world! Starting from Run Logic running store in Dublin’s Temple Bar, we meet at two pm and leave a three pm. Please see my new website for the walk www.myworldwalk.com or follow on my Facebook page! Hope you can join me!
Below please read a Facebook update.
After I first got the idea to run around the world I didn’t see how I could do it without a support vehicle. As running is more problematic than walking I decided instead of running the world that I would walk it! In 1998, I was living in Lake City, Colorado. A techno friend designed my logo which I dreamt up during hundreds of hours running on the trails there. Before leaving Lake City to return to Ireland I had a crazy going away party! Sandy Hines do you remember that night with Aidan and the locals down in Mammy’s Whisky Bar!
Well, I returned to Ireland and with just four days away from starting my world walk I changed my mind! I decided that one day I would find a way to live my ultimate dream, to run around the world ( As many of you know I achieved that in Oct 2014) So for the world walk literally had the tee- shirt but I never did it! As it was pre-internet you will notice there is no mention of a website on my logo. That same logo was modified for my eventual world run, the black lettering with centre white lines signify the roads of the world.
So, this world walk is my other long cherished dream :)
Last Monday I was welcomed by The Lord Mayor of Dublin, this is becoming a habit! Thank you Lord Mayor Criona Ni Dhalaigh for my latest Magic Letter! I will be walking the world with a cancer awareness message; life is precious, early checking saves lives.

The key to my world run was meticulous preparation, preparation, preparation! I also believed in keeping things simple. This walk will be more leisurely and as best as I can my stopwatch will be thrown out! However, I do realise and appreciate that when people are trying to help me their first question is almost always “exactly when tony!”
Proposed world walk route… Subject to change!
Dublin, to Liverpool to Hull to Rotterdam to Berlin to Lithuania to Latvia to Moscow to Chelyabinsk to Irkutsk to Mongolia to China. All visas have been secured (thanks to visafirst.ie)
From China I have not decided on my route to Australia Nobody has ever gone on foot (only with a small gap) from Europe to Singapore; I have not decided if I will. Another possibility is China to the Philippines to Indonesia to Australia.

Australia: Denham (the spike north of Perth) to Sydney. Then New Zealand North and South
From there my original plan was to fly to la Peru and walk into Brazil to Venezuela and from there thru the Caribbean to Cuba to Florida to Nova Scotia, ie: along the east coast. However, lately, I have been thinking of New Zealand to San Diego to Portland Oregon to Key West Florida. Whichever way I decide to go in the USA I will be returning to Europe starting in Gibraltar to Madrid to France to Ireland!
Depending on my route my estimated distance will be 30-34,000km.
As on my world run I will be exceeding the minimum requirements of the WRA the world runners association, the governing body for world runners and walkers. Since last summer I have successfully lobbied the WRA for higher standards. The reason for returning to Europe by way of Gibraltar is that for a ” circumnavigation of the world ” (which is a higher standard for a lap of the world) there is an added requirement of needing to go through two ” antipodals” which are exact opposites locations on the other side of the world. This is not so easy to get, as most of the world’s landmass is an ocean or inaccessible territory in places like Russia or the Amazon. My Antipodals are going to be in Aukland and Madrid.
This walk will be very low budget, mostly camping and cooking my own food! Sponsors are required!
I hope you can join me either on Facebook or on my new blog www.myworldwalk.com

Please click on the blog link.
Thank you!



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Runners World – 6 Page Article On My World Run!

July 14th, 2015


Runners World 6 page interview on my world run!

I started and finished running around the world as the 48 hour indoor track world record holder 426.178 km since 2007. I have also held the world 48 hour  treadmill record 405.22 km since 2008.

Author Sam Murphy. Please click on the links below. Main Photos: Ramsey Cardy

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Open World Magazine Podcast Interview

June 3rd, 2015

This podcast interview seems to have gotten a lot of  interest around the world. I went into huge detail Press HERE to listen

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More Than Pushing A Stroller!

May 1st, 2015

Thanks to Claire Nana for this article :) Press HERE to read.


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Just a few photos from my world run.

April 27th, 2015



Just a few photos from my world run. I finished this run still holding my world record for 48 hours indoor track which I have held since March 2008. 426 kilometres/ 265 miles

Thanks to everyone for their help :)

I am making steady progress on my book!

So much to tell, so little space


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North Pole Marathon Information Meeting

April 8th, 2015

Just had a lazy day, a long, long sleep and nothing crazy like running!! We had a safety/ information meeting at 5pm and the advice included not to take a selfie photo in the nude! We were shown pictures of one such unfortunate man whose feet swelled up and blistered by 80% after just 1 minute exposure! I intend to wrap up well. We fly to the North Pole Marathon base camp at 1am on April 10th. The race is scheduled to start at 14.30 GMT that same day. Expected temperature: between -30/ -40C!! My new friend Adrian Dodson-Shaw the Australian aboriginal runner says even here at a mild -4 he has never experienced such coldness.
BTW there is little or no land at the Pole. The race will be run on a floating ice floe. Russian troops parachuted in with a tractor/digger to construct the landing strip for our special cold weather aircraft to land. Marksmen will patrol the course to protect the runners from hungry polar bears! My tactics are…. 1 To run with a bigger runner smile emoticon Run nice and steady except upon meeting a polar bear!
Upon his arrival the race director Richard Donovan will quickly sort out a safe course and measure it by gps. The course will be laps of just under 5km, At the end of each lap we pass the aid tent where it is recommended to calmly take stock of our situation and to replace any damp clothing, which can accelerate hypothermia. Care will be needed to not spill fluid while drinking which can then freeze. All skin will need to be covered while running. We will be using the layer system with added emphasis not to build up sweat which can freeze and to be aware of vent zippers on our windbreaker jackets .

We will be staying in heated tents, 10 persons to a tent! it will be propane heated, not body heated! My race number is 21. There are 45 competitors from 22 countries. There are four runners  from Ireland: Tanj Donovan, Richards niece, Paul Grealish owner of the Kings The King’s Head Galway bar in Galway who gave me great hospitality when I ran thru on my world run. Gary Seerywhose club Dublin Bay Running Club kindly gave me a special award last December. And myself. Good luck to all runners!

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Running the North Pole Marathon

April 7th, 2015

Hi Everyone.

I will be running the North Pole Marathon in a couple of days time when there is a good ‘ window of opportunity ‘ logistic wise. In the meantime the runners are having fun in the Arctic Circle as we wait for our charter flight to 90 degrees and the Pole itself :)

As regular readers will know the North Pole Marathon race director was my main sponsor on my world run, What a friend Richard Donovan is for when I crossed the finish line in October Richard presented me with a free trip and entry for the race as my reward for running around the world! Richard also said it’s a return trip so I don’t have to run home :)

Please follow the race and the build up on



Richard says he will be updating by satellite phone.

and I will post some buildup gossip here.


Evening in Longyearbyen population 2,050 and the most northern town in the world, more snow mobiles than people.

Not much to do here that is perhaps why there is a large Thai community as many people imported Thai brides :)

 Instead I had a drink with Richard Donovan right and Australian former world marathon record holder Rob de Castella (the Deek) who in 1986 broke the world record in Boston 2hour 07.51 Rob, a humble man who prefers to be known for his fantastic work with the Australian indigenous people. Through the Indigenous Marathon Project Rob is showing them a healthy and better lifestyle. Also picture is Adrian Dobson-Shaw who is leading the way in his community.

He is a role model for a cleaner lifestyle and says his people are embracing positive change :)

Press HERE for a list of the runners profiles.

Earlier in the day:

My most important mission this week has been achieved! I promised Abi Delaney and Shauna Kelly who are related to my cousin Sandra Kelly Delaney that I would personally deliver their letters to Santa at the North Pole! Here I am posting Abi and Shauna’s letters! :)

Hoh! Hoh! Hoh!

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Forever And Ever

March 31st, 2015

Sheila Foley, my Mother, my solid rock foundation finally passed away at 13.03 Sunday 29th March. We are absolutely devastated and thank our many friends for their kind wishes. Mam has had 27 chemo sessions, a hip operation and several other length hospital stays also countless days and nights sick and in severe pain at home since she was first diagnosed with cancer almost 2 years and 9 months ago.
Such was her strength if she was a boxer Katie Taylor would have been in trouble, had she been an ultra runner I would have been in serious trouble so much was her fighting spirit, her endurance, perseverance and typically she never once complained about her cruel bad luck.
Mam lived to be less than 4 weeks short of her 80th birthday which will soon be another sad day for us. She also ate healthily, never drank alcohol and gave up smoking cigarettes 30 years ago. In her last few days I was amazed at her strong heart for she fought off about eight long countdowns which tried to take her last breath away, each time recovering  before nature ultimately took its cruel course, this was also so difficult for us as we all had to go through the emotional goodbye process. In the end it was best for her as we wanted her to maintain her lofty dignity and quality of life. We literally ate, slept and mostly showered in the hospital for a week, without much sleep. A week ago Mam was given 48 hours and just like her cancer prognosis she outlived this too. I am sure she would have lived to be a 100 years young otherwise, such an outgoing and outdoors person that she was.
Myself my sister Ann Salmon and brother Brian Mangan and her six grandchildren Gary, Serena, Mark, Laura, Sarah and Brian jnr  all agree that because of her tough morals, wisdom, bravery and vision in a conservative Ireland during the 1960′s and ’70′s  that we all had a very tough upbringing, she set us up hardened for successful lives.  Mam and us can all boast that a police officer has never knocked on her door nor at a door of any of her six grandchildren’s houses despite a very tough life all three of us children have had. Us three  children know we could easily have taken a wrong turn and gone horribly astray.

Mam met John Foley the true love of her life in 1988. She was about 53, And John was much older.They shared about 16 years of married bliss with never an angry word exchanged. John was the ultimate gentleman and totally devoted to Mam before he died in 2008. She dearly missed him. Mam is now on her way to meet him. Their favourite song has always been Forever and Ever

Our family would like to thank the staff of St James Hospital especially Professor Kennedy, Ethel , doctors ,nurses and even the cleaners and canteen staff loved her so much that they kept checking on her well being providing endless tea, coffee and sandwiches, Mam even had us empty our bin and clean her room to save the cleaners the trouble!
I would also like to thank my sister Ann Salmon who couldn’t have done anymore to care for Mam such was her devotion, Mam has always been Anns and our greatest friend! Mam was also my greatest supporter and I am told was so proud of all my running achievements having also read every single word of my world run blog  theworldjog.com
I will miss her, my true inspiration and perseverance for she wouldn’t let me shorten my world run after her cruel cancer diagnosis. I have enjoyed our last five months together living with Mam, preparing her porridge in the morning and helping relieve the strain on Ann even slightly.
We all have different ways to survive, mine will be to run the UVU North Pole marathon My kind sponsor Richard Donovan kindly gave me an entry with a week long trip there as my reward for running around the world! We depart on Easter Sunday! thank you Richard!
Rest in peace Mam we will never stop loving you, Always loved you, and we always wil.

funeral details:

The death has occurred of Sheila FOLEY (FORMERLY MANGAN) (née Kelly)

  • Sheila Foley (formerly Mangan)
Foley (nee Kelly) (formerly Mangan) Sheila (late of Oscar Square, S.C.R. Dublin 8. March 29th, 2015 peacefully surrounded by her loving family at St. James’ Hospital. Beloved wife of the late John and loving mother of Tony, Brian and Ann. Sadly missed by her loving family, her sisters, son-in-law John, daughter-in-law Norah, her grandchildren Gary, Serena, Mark, Laura, Sarah and Brian, her special friend Betty, relatives, neighbours and friends. 

May she rest in peace


Reposing at the Massey Bros Funeral Home, The Coombe. Removal tomorrow,Tuesday evening, to St. Teresa’s Church, Donore Avenue arriving at 5.30pm. Funeral on Wednesday after 10am Mass to Mount Jerome Cemetery. All enquires to Massey Bros 01 4533333.

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Stadium Saturday Radio Interview

February 22nd, 2015

Please press HERE  and tune to 25 minutes 30 seconds on the dial to hear my recent interview about the run.


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About Tony

I have always considered myself to be an average runner. In school, I was even bullied for I was a sports wimp. Through hard work, dedication, perseverance, self-belief and a strong mind I succeeded in not only running around the world but breaking four ultra running world records during my competitive career. Having previously cycled around the world I didn't start running until I was almost 30. Then I had a dream of running around the world. For many reasons, I waited for over 20 years. One reason was to establish my pedigree as an endurance athlete. I started and finished my world run as the current World Record-Holder for 48 Hours Indoor Track 426 kilometres (265 miles), a record I have held since 2007. I also broke and still hold the World Record for 48 hours on a Treadmill 405 kilometres (251 miles) in 2008. When I retired from competition, more pleasing than any of my world, European or Irish records I had the respect of my fellow athletes from all over the world - in my opinion, sports greatest reward - an achievement I am most proud of. Then I finally put myself out to pasture, to live my ultimate dream to run around the world! This blog was written on the road while I struggled to find places to sleep and to recover from running an average of 43.3 kilometres or 27 miles per day for 1,165 road days. There were many nights I typed this blog on a smart phone, so fatigued my eyes closed. Many journalists and endurance athletes have referred to my world run as the most difficult endurance challenge ever attempted. During my expedition I rarely had any support vehicles, running mostly with a backpack. In the more desolate areas I pushed my gear, food and water in a cart which I called Nirvana, then I sent her on ahead to run with my backpack once again over altitudes of almost 5,000 metres in the Andes. I stayed in remote villages where many people had never seen a white person before. I literally met the most wonderful people of this world in their own backyard and share many of those amazing experiences in this blog. My run around the world took 4 years. There were no short cuts, I ran every single metre on the road while seeking out the most comprehensive route across 41 countries, 5 continents, I used 50 pair of running shoes and my final footstep of the run was exactly 50,000 kilometres, (almost 31,000 miles) I eventually finished this tongue in cheek named world jog where I started, at the finish line of my city marathon. I started my global run with the Dublin Marathon on October 25th 2010 and finished with the Dublin Marathon on October 27th 2014 at 3 05pm! Thank you for your support, I hope you can share my unique way of seeing the world, the ultimate endurance challenge! Read more...


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