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Two Road Days To Dublin!

October 23rd, 2014

A great days running today from Gorey to Rathdrum, 36km. Seamus Doran ran every step with me as did Jesper Olsen who covered the distance but blasted out of sight towards the end. Also for most of the day our host from the Whitford Hotel in Wexford, James Whitty.

The progress was slow due to so many stops, but what the heck!

Just before Arklow many runners including Mary Hickey who had run all 34 Dublin marathons to date. There were 15 runners in total when I ran through Arklow, a record for the Ireland  lap. Many from the Coral running club, Mary’s club and also from the Arklow rowing club. Many of todays runners took time off work, juggled school runs for their children, I appreciate their efforts, Thank you!
When I left Ireland four years ago there were about 8 marathons in Ireland. Now with the running boom explosion there is at least one a weekend. Also such events as ten marathons in ten days and fifteen in fifteen days. There is the marathon Club of Ireland whose members aim to run 100 marathons. Before it was necessary to travel extensively, now it can be done in Ireland in a couple of years. Over the top, but nobody takes me serious when I mention other runners as being over the top!
There was a long, long drag of a hill towards Rathdrum, I was shattered, lately I have been surprisingly strong on hills.
Then along came Paul Mahon a fellow hill running mate from years ago stopped by for the last hour. Paul and his girlfriend Hilary Jenkinson tracked me down when I was running through Colombia in Feb 2012 and ran with me for a couple of days there. It was a great boost at the time, for except for a brief run with an American ex-pat in Ecuador for one day it would be another year till my next runner!
So tonight along with my great crew woman and driver Siobhan who has excelled herself these last few days finding hotels willing to sponsor our stay. Michael Gillan an Athlete legs recovery specialist who was my crew man in Australia and specially came over for the end of the run and Jesper Olsen we were all guests in Paul and Hillarys large house near Rathdrum.
Thanks everyone, a memorable day :) Two road days left! hope you can make it to Rathdrum tomorrow around 9am for the run to Bray. Thanks for the memories!

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UPDATED TEXT > Introducing Jesper Olsen<

October 23rd, 2014

Denmark’s Jesper Olsen the first man to complete a fully documented run around the world as per the World Runners Association (WRA) strict rules will be running the last week with me in Ireland. In fact Jesper has run the world twice!! A glutton for punishment as we say in Ireland!!
He has written a 500 page book titled ” The Runners Guide To The Planet ”

You will hear how Jesper gave up alcohol in Siberia when the Russians kept insisting a small drink was a pint glass of vodka!

Also how he almost ran out of money during his first world run and for the run to continue he had to win a six day endurance race in Australia which had a prize fund of 5,000 dollars! Read how Jesper outsmarted his main rival tactically to win the race and thereby continue his world run!

His book can be purchased by email for 10 euro. If you don’t like it Jesper will refund your money. He says that anyone that runs with me can purchase it for 5 euro. I say if you run around the world after reading his book I will refund you and give you 100 euro :)
Please purchase by emailing Jesper at:

Please visit his website for more information.


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Ashdown Park Hotel In Gorey Serves Up A Wonderful Treat!

October 23rd, 2014

At the end of today’s very enjoyable 42km run Siobhan approached Paul Finnegan General Manager of Gorey’s 4 star Ashdown Park Hotel to see if they would be interested in sponsoring us for a stay to recharge our very weary batteries. Paul said they would be delighted :) Thank you everyone so much!

Two world runners Tony Mangan and Jesper Olsen check into the Ashdown Park Hotel in Gorey

Over dinner  the hotel’s duty manager Stephen Larkin told us about the hotels enterprising farm which provides the deliciously fresh food we sampled.

The Ashdown Park Hotel is proud of its locally produced food on the  Redmond Family Farm in Craanford is approximately five miles outside the market town and supplies much of the beef, salads and vegetables that are used in the hotels, under the watchful eye of Group Director of Kitchen Operations Chris Farrell.

Redmond’s currently supply a large portion of their hand reared beef, naturally grown
pesticide free vegetables and salads into both hotels. It is the hope that by 2014, all beef eaten in a Redmond hotel will be supplied by the Redmond Family Farm.

On the farmland in the parish of Craanford, some 500 head of free range grass fed Angus Beef cattle are being reared. ‘For us provenance is key,’ said Tommy Redmond. ‘Customers need to know the origin of the excellent quality of food we have on offer. It’s an exciting project and one we are very proud of.’

Hughie and Nicky work the farm and deliver the produce daily to the hotel. ‘The phrase farm to fork really applies to Redmond Hotels,’ said Hughie. ‘It isn’t unusual for us to pick in the morning, deliver to the hotels to have it plated and served that evening.’

‘Many times I have been working in the field to receive an email order for ten heads of Cos Lettuce,’ he added. ‘It can be out of the groundand down to the hotel within 20 minutes, so it really is farm to fork.’

Chris Farrell has his agenda mapped out. ‘Quality across the board is vitally important,’ he said. ‘Menu variety, premium flavours, and honesty in the food, allowing the ingredients and meal to speak for themselves are key for us, whether it is a mixed leaf salad, an a-la-carte main dish or fresh pastry – the taste of farm on a plate.

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Tired? No way :- ) Jesper Olsen’s Guest Blog.

October 22nd, 2014

Below please find a guest blog entry penned by my great friend Jesper Olsen who is a two times world runner. Jesper arrived on Tuesday and will run to the finish on Monday.

49,865.8km  for 1,151 road days. Wednesday 22nd Wexford to Gorey 42km.

I have calculated the 50,000km down to the precise metre for the run to finish at the finish line of the marathon at 3.05pm on Monday.

Thursday, Gorey to Rathdrum via Arklow

Friday, Rathdrum to Bray via Rathnew

Saturday, Bray to Fitzwilliam Place = DCM start line.

Sunday  is a rest day.

Monday Dublin City marathon from 1 Fitzwilliam Place to Merrion Square North.

Tuesday ….. ZZZZZZ   Sleep :)
Tired? No way :- )   By Jesper Olsen.

Today I had the great pleasure of running with Tony Mangan – by the way  being the first time that two world runners has met!
Tony did his best to convince me that the 4 years and more than 49 800kms of his run has left him extremely tired. A slight limp was a good attempt to make me believe it but I know this strong Irish runner too well: He ran with me the entire way across Ireland during the last stages of my first world run (2004-2005) and we have met at world championships on 24hours etc.
So surely he couldn’t be marked by a few years running around the world… And it turned out he wasn’t!
After about 5 hours of running Mr. Mangan suddenly broke into a sprint at a long downhill and left the rest of us in the dust. I think it goes to prove that no matter how tired an ultrarunner can be – there will always be extra resources hidden; waiting ready to surprise anybody who says “You cant do this/that”. Tony can and it will be a pleasure to join him on the rest of his run to the finish at Dublin Marathon on Monday 27.th. October.
Out on the road Kevin, who was also running with Tony today, and I luckily caught up with him before the finish, 42kms down the beautiful course through the green farmlands near the Irish East coast.
At the start of the day we had also had company by James who kindly had sponsored the entire team’s accommodation at Whitford House Hotel in Wexford Town yesterday night. And the team…. was completed by holistic legs recovery practitioner Michael Gillan who has been involved in both my world runs and whos helped me at several 6day races is in Tony’s crew in Ireland and also in Australia. Same is Siobhan who I met for the first time, and turns out to be one of the most efficient crew-coordinators I’ve experienced in 15 years of competitive ultrarunning!
I’m sure it will be a Joy to be in the company of these people the next weeks time : – )
And tonight we are happy to say the Ashdown Park Hotel in Gorey have given Team Mangan 2 rooms and dinner and breakfast in their fantastic hotel.Thank you Paul Finnegan, General Manager. and Duty Manager Stephen Larkin.
PS:  I of course also have more sinister plans with joining Tony: Its part of my training for the 6day Race in Florida next month. And what better way to do that than by running with ‘The Mile Machine’ Mr. Mangan!
/Jesper Olsen.

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Four Road Days To Dublin!

October 21st, 2014

Wednesday, Wexford to Gorey,

Thursday, Gorey to Rathdrum via Arklow

Friday, Rathdrum to Bray

Saturday, Bray to Fitzwilliam Place = DCM start line.

Sunday  is a rest day.

Monday Dublin City marathon from 1 Fitzwilliam Place to Merrion Square North.

Tuesday ….. ZZZZZZ   Sleep :)

Four road days to Dublin  I plan Saturday, the final road day of the world run to be a sort of a ceremonial run, a la Tour de France towards the capital! the fun will begin when we meet in the car park of the Wilton Hotel in Bray, Co. Wicklow, meet at 10am
About 18km to the start line of the Dublin marathon in Fitzwilliam Place
everyone is welcome. A very easy relaxed run and please expect lots of stops for tea, photos and fun  Everyone invited. If you are not a runner or even an injured runner or running the marathon please feel free to cycle with us

Route Press  HERE
Sunday will be a rest day. Monday the marathon and Tuesday I start my attempt on Rip Van Winkles record!!

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Luxury Continues At The Whitford House Hotel!

October 21st, 2014

Thanks to the Whitford House Hotel for a night of luxury in their executive suite. Two times round the world runner Jesper Olsen from Denmark has joined me and Michael in my suite. Shane Whitty the hotel’s General Manager has also very kindly provided Siobhan with a complimentary room so as she doesn’t get overloaded on our worldly tales! Thank you also Shane for a delicious steak dinner!

Just after Jesper arrived today he pointed out that today was the first time two around the world runners have actually met :)  He ran the last 5 kilometres with me.
Earlier Philip who celebrated his 40th birthday drove out to run with me and his friend John for about 10km. Happy birthday Phil! Today’s total was 35km from New Ross to Wexford. Total now run 49,823.8 kilometres in 1,150 road days.
134 kilometres to Dublin marathon start line. Route press HERE
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UPDATED TEXT > Enjoying Luxury In The Brandon House Hotel In New Ross.

October 20th, 2014

Tonight Siobhan, Michael and this tired world runner are enjoying some serious luxury in the Brandon House Hotel in New Ross.

So far I have run almost 49,788.8 km in 1,149 road days in 4 years in 41 countries. Almost 1,200 marathons. I will finish my world run on Monday! Ah Yes finish on Monday, sounds so good :)

Today from Kilkenny to New Ross 40km

Tuesday 21st from Brandon House Hotel gates in New Ross, start 9am  to Wexford Town. Please come and run or if you are injured cycle with me :)

I had a nice stay in Kilkenny taking in a rest day with me and Michael staying in my cousin Eoin’s house. Also enjoyed meeting cousin Collette her husband John and aunt Mary. Also mam, sister Ann, John and Betty. Next city on the run will be Dublin :) On the run I will have visited all 8 Irish cities north and south. Belfast, Derry, Galway, Limerick, Cork, Waterford, Kilkenny and Dublin. County Kilkenny was county number 17 out of the 32 counties in Ireland.

Thanks also to Brandon House Hotel’s General manager Bettie-Marie Burger-Smit for making this kind offer of the complimentary stay to us :)

Next morning at breakfast she mentioned that for a charity event she walked from Belfast to Dublin. Bettie-Marie  suggested I should walk next year. Sorry I don’t have a bikini!

Please visit the hotel website HERE


Fittingly New Ross is steeped  in history from  president JFK’s family connections here. Well New Ross’s premier hotel though fit for a president is very much affordable for anyone wanting to take a short break.

Please check out these amazing deals :)


With Brandon House Hotel's General manager Bettie-Marie Burger-Smit

SPECIAL OFFER – 3BB & 2 Evening Meals Midweek

Description: - Full Irish Breakfast each morning
- Four Course Evening Meal in the Gallery Restaurant for two adults on Two Nights
- Complimentary access to the Health & Lesiure Club
- Daily paper on Request
- Complimentary Car Parking
- Complimentary Wi Fi in Public Area
- With easy access to JFK Homestead, Dunbrody Famine Ship, Hook Lighthouse & Ros Tapestry
- Kids share free Bed & Breakfast, all other meals are extra

From: €120 per person

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Enter Michael Gillan! And the rest of my Ireland route

October 17th, 2014

Friday 17th   37km Dungarvin to Waterford

Saturday 18th   50km  Waterford to Kilkenny.

Total 49,748.8km   for 1,148  road days.

Kilkenny to Dublin Marathon start line in Fitzwilliam Place =  209km as per my route.

Dublin Marathon = 42,2km  Total on marathon finish line = 50,000km

Press  HERE  for my route.

People may be wondering why Kilkenny is on my Irish route as it is inland. Reason being I got relatives here and promised before the run even began that I would run in and out of the city! So to keep family peace I had to keep that promise :)

Michael Gillan my support driver for the Australian leg has joined my support crew!

Michael has perfected  world famous recovery technique for athletes. His methods helped me cross Australia in a record time. His first assessment is that my leg and muscle condition is more or less exactly the same as it was almost a year and a half ago.

Welcome and thank you so much Michael Gillan to Ireland :)

Michael arrived near Youghal looking different without the beard.

6 Road days to the marathon finish!

19/10/2014  Sunday,  Rest Day in Kilkenny

20/10/2014  Kilkenny to Wexford

21/10/2014  Wexford to New Ross

22/10/2014 New Ross to Gorey.

23/10/2014  Gorey to Rathdrum via Arklow

24/10/2014  Rathdrum to Bray.

25/2014   Bray to Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin,(Dublin City Marathon start line)

26/10/2014  Rest day in Dublin

27/10/2014  Dublin City Marathon Start Fitzwilliam Place to Merrion Square North = Finish and 50,000 km  :)

Please press Here for route map for the remainder of my Ireland route. Please note my route is subject to change.

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Thanks John Buckley Sports In Cork

October 15th, 2014

17/10/2014 Fri Dungarvan To Waterford

18/10/2014 Sat Waterford To Kilkenny

19/10/2014 Sun Rest Day in Kilkenny

20/10/2014 Kilkenny to Wexford

21/10/2014 Wexford to New Ross

22/10/2014 New Ross to Gorey.

23/10/2014  Gorey to Rathdrum via Arklow

24/10/2014  Rathdrum to Bray.

25/2014   Bray to Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin,(Dublin City Marathon start line)

26/10/2014  Rest day in Dublin

27/10/2014  Dublin City Marathon Start Fitzwilliam Place to Merrion Square North = Finish and 50,000 km  :)

My route to the Dublin Marathon start line is 338 kilometres and the DCM is 42.2 kilometres. Grand total when my foot hits the DCM finish line on Oct 27th will be exactly 50,000km and not a metre more. As someone said anymore would be showing off 

Tonight I am the guest of Jim Leahy father of Vicky and a friend of Rose who we stayed with in Carrickdale, Co. Louth. I very much enjoyed the chat, the jacussi  and delicious food and company. Thanks Jim :)


Before leaving Cork I paid a visit to a great friend John Buckley who not only has been a great supporter of my competitive career when he sponsored me several pairs of shoes and again here on this run.

John has also been a great help to athletics in the Cork area not to mention in Ireland. A man who has certainly made a payback to the sport he loved and had so much success. John made his mark as a cross country runner winning many titles including All Ireland Cross country champion, inter counties championships in 1968 and 1972. He also ran for Ireland in the World cross Country Championships in Cambridge, England in 1972.

John Buckley a great ambassador to our sport.

So we had lunch and chatted for a couple of hours talking about the run, my future which is a prolific question these days! Athletics, will we see first the sub two hour marathon in our time, John’s running career. A lovely man, I could have chatted to him all day!

Talking lunch break!


When I did run out Cork City this morning John escorted me on his bicycle. It was a dirty rainy day as we say in Ireland with poor visibility so I was delighted by John’s help which made the morning more bearable.

A knee injury put paid to his running career which also saw him post a 2,26 marathon without taking it seriously!

However the heavy rain soon cleared, the sun came out and many local runners took time off work to run with me in the afternoon as far as my finish in Castlemythr.

Thanks everyone but I cant be responsible for work production levels in the eastern Cork area!


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Thanks To The Gresham Metropole Hotel In Cork

October 13th, 2014


Wednesday 15 October Cork to Castlemartyr 31.8km

Total Kilometres run: 49,619.8 for 1,145 road days

My route to the Dublin Marathon start line is 338 kilometres and the DCM is 42.2 kilometres. Grand total when my foot hits the DCM finish line on Oct 27th will be exactly 50,000km and not a metre more :)


16/10/2014 Thu CastleMyrtr to Dungarvan

17/10/2014 Fri Dungarvan To Waterford

18/10/2014 Sat Waterford To Kilkenny

19/10/2014 Sun Rest Day in Kilkenny


Thanks to the Gresham Metropole Hotel in Cork and manager Christine White for sponsoring tonights stay in Ireland’d second city,

Please visit their website on: HERE to book a wonderful stay in luxury.

Also thanks to Denis who ran with me today for arranging this and sponsoring my dinner tonight! Denis made a phone call to the hotel when he heard that my mam was in Cork by coincidence on a four day mini break with her senior citizens club and that they were staying in the Gresham Metropole! So tonight mam and me are in the same hotel and Siobhan is gone home for a couple of nights as Tuesday is a rest day for me.

Dinner with Mam in Cork

The day kicked off with a visit to my b&b, the Macliam Lodge in Clonakilty  from the mayor of Clonakilty.

Many local runners and friends came into the breakfast room for a chat much to the amusement of four English tourists who had a tough job trying to figure out what was happening at the next table!

Before I ran out of town with Denis, Meadbh and a couple of other runners I had to stop for coffee upon request at a cafe to sample my favorite morning tipple.

A visit to a butcher followed by an audience with the towns traffic warden, a Dub. Not really sure how he ended up in Clonakilty! Then another photo shoot at Martin Kelleher’s office. And then more photos outside Meadbh’s studio, Meadbh as mentioned inflicted that wonderful massage on me last night! She also described what ‘ Manipulative Therapy ‘ is to this poor idiot.

Meadbh's Manipulative Therapy or is she trying to strangle me!

Funny how men have a different understanding to this form of therapy as  practiced on them by the female gender. Or is it just me?  :)

So having run the ceremonial run out of town these runners went home and back to work except Denis. We commuted  to yesterdays  finish location, 12 kilometres down highway 71 towards Cork. Shortly afterwards. Then in Bandon ultra popular wheel chair athlete Jerry Forde hooked up with us.

I understand Jerry would only race last years Clonakilty marathon under the condition that two bikini clad women greet him on the start line. So Bob the marathons  popular race director managed to persuade Meadbh and another victim that freezing cold December morning last year to fulfill Jerry’s wish :)

We had a great chat as I ran and Jerry pushed his state of the art racing chair. He had raced the Charville marathon only the day before so I appreciated his huge effort coming out to accompany me to Cork city.

Another runner called Olivia though injured came out and cycled having taken a half day off work as did John. Thanks to all for such a memorable day. Siobhan drove the support car behind us on the narrow parts of the road sometimes with long tailbacks till we could let them pass.  I am delighted to say not one impatient or rude  honk.

Rolling down the highway.....Let it roll Jerry!

Jerry asked me many questions about the run, so lets just skip India! His eyes lit up when I suggested he should try wheel chairing it across Australia!

” Is it wheel chair friendly? ” he asked.

” Yes! I am sure it is as the road trains are less problematic on the Melbourne to Darwin route I took”

The weather has been fantastic so far. Just three half day of rain. About five or six days with about a shower lasting an hour. The temperatures are amazingly mild, the days sunny for this time of year. Could we possibly have Christmas dinner on the beach this year in Ireland. Global warming I guess is not all bad! Speaking of green issues. Today I heard what is perhaps the most bizarre comment on the whole run. Over breakfast someone mentioned they knew a woman who would not shower outside her own house as she only showers in her own home and only showers in filtered water!!! I wondered if this is lunacy but somebody suggested an allergy.

Regular readers to the blog know I have had the most incredible luck on the run and more than my fair share of breaks in the weather, long may it last :)



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Anything is possible! I didn't start running till I was almost 30. Then I dreamed of running around the World. I got delayed for over 20 years for many reasons. One reason was to establish my pedigree. I am the former WORLD RECORD-HOLDER for 48 HOURS INDOOR TRACK 426km/265 mile. I previously held the WORLD RECORD FOR 48 hours on a Treadmill 405km/ 251miles. Now I am retired from competition I can finally live my dream. I hope you will travel around the World with me. This World Run will take 4 years and over 50,000km. I started with the Dublin Marathon on October 25th and am on schedule to finish with the Dublin Marathon on October 27th 2014 at 3 05pm! when my final footstep will be the 50,000th kilometre Read more...


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