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Irish Runner Questions And Answers Article

January 7th, 2015

Here is a questions interview I did for the Irish Runner Yearbook Magazine.

Press >  MANGAN  To read.

The interview was a follow up from the previous issue. So if you haven’t read that either Press > >  TonyMangan_Layout 1 (1) to read my first interview.

If you got time to listen to a 25 minute radio interview I did a couple of months ago press >  HERE I was very happy with this one as he gave me the time!

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A Record For Honest Sport!

January 3rd, 2015

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I forgot to mention that a couple of weeks ago my friend Edit Berces emailed me these photos. Thanks to Edit for this and also she gave me some great help when I ran through Bratislava on my world run last summer www.theworldjog.com
As you can see she is the female world 24 hour treadmill record-holder. :)
Well done Edit who was also a great friend of mine during my competitive career.
More important than any record I have always considered respect from fellow athletes to be infinitely more important.
My 48 hour world treadmill record from the Longford marathon expo still stands.

Most ultra runners ‘ in the know ‘ have little or no respect for Guinness World Records due to their many bizarre ratifications and their seemingly poor judgement within our sport. The ultra running community recognizes The Alternative Book of World Records as the official record book for the sport as they have more cop on. The IAU ( International Association of Ultrarunning ) being the governing body ratifies competitive world records..
The Alternative Book of World Records don’t  ratify cheats like Suresh Joachim who as you can see managed to acquire the GWR 24 hour. The Alternative Book of World Records is also the book the WRA World Runners Association recognizes due to their higher standard required for ratification which catches out more self-centered cheats.
I know of Joachim very well for I witnessed video footage of him holding the rails while  ‘ breaking ‘ my original 48 hour record from 2003 which was set at the Dublin Marathon expo in Dublin’s RDS..

Amazingly GWR said holding the treadmill rails was not against their rules!!!!!
This holding on to the bars effectively pulling oneself marginally off the treadmill belt dramatically reduces the running effort required!
However any honest runner worth their salt would say holding onto the rails like its a zimmer frame is cheating -  rules or no rules. That is except for ‘ Joker Joachim, ‘ also a very high-profile American ‘ stunt runner ‘ and GWR,
So it was with great pleasure I hammered ‘ his record ‘ running with an injury but highly motivated to get ‘ my ‘  record back not for me but for sport from a serial cheat! Immediately before that record attempt began and as soon as it ended this dedication was announced.
So at times like this it is so nice to still be included in the GWR book of world records :)
Making this possible I have to thank my amazing crew man Alan Young who was help by John and Mark Salmon and other members of my family. Also thanks to the Longford marathon race director Liam Fenelon and his dedicated team team for their wonderful hospitality and logistical help!!  This record run left Joachim saying how sorry he was to have ‘ lost his record! ‘
Long live sport, honest athletes, crew, volunteers and race officials. My Kind Of People! :)


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Twisted minds and ideology

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!

These days I post more on my Facebook page  than here. Please visit.


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.

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Strength doesn’t come from what you can do.

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. “

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The Little Big Bike – As Seen On The Late Late Toy Show!

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.

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John Murray Interview

November 27th, 2014

To listen to my interview on the John Murray Show press  John Murray Interview

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John Murray Show Interview This Morning On RTE Radio 1.

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.




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A Taste Of Mexico.

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 :)

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Irish Runner Article

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

>  TonyMangan_Layout 1 (1)

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 :)

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Highland radio interview

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.


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About Tony

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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