December 18th, 2014
On my gallop around the world I wrote many times on this about the wonderful kind and decent people in our world of all religions and what an amazing place we live in. The world is full of beautiful people but unfortunately a select few, as in so many walks of life make problems for the rest of us.
I have a heavy heart for the recent victims in the Sydney siege and then the following day another mindless inhuman atrocity in a school in Peshawar, Pakistan.
The perpetrators of this evil terror, with their perverted twisted minds and ideology claim to carry out these barbaric deeds in the name of Islam which is fundamentally a peaceful religion. They say they cause this carnage to rid the world of western evil. Surely they have another agenda for peace , love and humanity is beyond their limited comprehension.
Many of Islams beliefs, practices and culture may be different to our own in the west, however we are all human and have the same emotions. At the end of the day we are all cut from the same cloth and share the same heart ache today. It is our differences and our diversities which makes our world so interesting, or at least it should.
Last month world wide in almost 20 countries terrorist barbarically butchered 5,000 innocent men,women and children in the name of religion, or so they claimed to. To my mind this jihad self righteous intolerance is a abhorrent cancer to our society.
With their swords and bombs. Even with what that self styled cleric said in Sydney – with his pens and words these subhuman beings do a grave disservice to Islam and the countless peaceful Muslims who only want to live in peace.
Alarmingly in Europe many people are marching against Islam and even in Germany fascism is raising its ugly evil head again.
Muslims should not be tarred by the same brush, After all Irish people never liked to be labelled as terrorists because of the murderous actions of the IRA.
Whatever God that is out there, please give us a peaceful 2015 and a tolerant world in which we can all live side by side in respectful harmony. This is my New Year wish.
UPDATE: PS I am still very tired. It’s 51 days since I finished running around the world and the stiffness is still in my legs. This stiffness is still there since the very first marathon over four years ago! Yes that stiffness never left my legs. Perhaps a full recovery will take a year!
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I got a lovely presentation from the Dublin Marathon organizers and also got recognition of the run from Dublin Bay Running Club. This Sunday21st December my running club MSB tell me they will make a presentation to recognize my global run at our annual Doyle Cup Christmas race. Thank you very much everyone This means so much to me.
At the moment I am working on sorting this blog for the book.
December 18th, 2014
Strength doesn’t come from what you can do.
It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.
If anyone needs New Year motivation …. Well done to Ireland’s Andy Lee the new WBO middleweight boxing champion of the world! Speaking on his arrival back in Ireland after last weekends thrilling victory in Las Vegas he was quoted ” Any young kid can become a world champion too. ” Andy finally achieved his life long dream Well done Andy. I am reminded of Nelson Mandela’s immortal words ” A winner is simply a dreamer who never gave up. “
November 30th, 2014
Thanks very much to Simon Evans my webmaster for some updating work on this website
As Simon previously cycled around the world he surely knows a thing or two about bicycles. Just like me when he got home he was probably wondering what to do next.
Well Simon didn’t sit about too long before putting an idea for a new design of a child’s bicycle into action.
As seen on the Late Late Toy Show by 1,500,000 pairs of eyes this bicycle grows with the child. One of these bicycles is yours to be won please see.
LittleBig is the bike that grows with your child. Designed in Ireland, the LittleBig bike transforms from a little to big balance bike into a pedal bike so it suits kids from age 2 to 7.
Check out their Facebook page https://facebook.com/littlebigbikes are giving away a free LittleBig bike, Competition ends Friday!
Simon is also available for website design.
November 27th, 2014
To listen to my interview on the John Murray Show press John Murray Interview
November 27th, 2014
They asked me not to announce it ……. But I see the John Murray Show are advertising my world run interview on RTE Radio 1 this morning at 9am
I am really looking forward to this one!
Hope you can tune in.
November 24th, 2014
Last Friday I was invited to attend a Mexican cultural event called A Taste Of Mexico at the Mansion House in Dublin. I thanked the Mexican Ambassador Sr. Carlos Garcia de Alba for the help the Mexican government gave me. More help than any other government on my world run.
Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke and the Mexican Ambassador to Ireland Sr. Carlos Garcia de Alba
As long time readers to the worldjog.com will know I received an escort for 2,000km and every single night during this time they provided places to stay ranging from 5 star hotels to floor space in roadside restaurants. Mexico was special.
While I was there Lord Mayor of Dublin the very likeable and hard working Christy Burke dropped in for a chat. And then two Mexican models came by to make me the odd one out! Think I need to work on my chat-up routine
And then it was time to cool down with some enchilada!
So because things were so hectic my new mate Christy asked me to drop by for a cup of tea soon
November 19th, 2014
It has take four years, but in running around the world, Tony Mangan has
done what few will ever achieved. This is a tale of adventure, courage and single-minded determination; a triumph of the spirit in pursuit of a unique dream. Gavin McGuinness meets the world traveller
To read my Irish Runner magazine article please press this link
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Thanks to the editor Frank Greally and journalist Gavin McGuinness for this
Correction: My Mams name is Sheila and not Ann who is my sister, sorry for this!
Also it was the first run from east to west and not west to east (Jesper Kenn Olsen and Tom Denniss)
Thanks to Kevin McGuirk for the following very high resolution picture
November 16th, 2014
Hi Folks, Still in recovery mode!! The body is still seriously stiff!! I have been invited to meet the Mexican Ambassador to Ireland Sr. Carlos García de Alba Zepeda in the Mansion House in Dublin on Friday at noon for a Mexican cultural event. I will no doubt be thanking him for wonderful help I received from the Mexican government while running under escort through there. I hope he likes this interview in which I talk about my wonderful time in the country. Please see blog archive June/September 2011 on the right side bar of this page for those blog postings.
To listen to my Highland Radio interview press >> tonymangan
Highland Radio transmits to the Co. Donegal area.
Lately I have been making more posts on Facebook, so please also check out my Facebook page.
November 5th, 2014
To listen to my radio interview with Pearse Corcoran press HERE And then press the red button on the stations home page.
November 1st, 2014
To hear my RTE Radio interview on Irish radio just before the marathon please press HERE and move dial to 00.55.00 minutes
PS Meant to say just under 1,200 marathons in total and not 1,200 kilometres!