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Video of my final footsteps of the world run

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Video of my final footsteps of the world run with my mam Sheila, sister Ann and nephew Brian.


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The final footsteps of my 50,000km run around the world

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Richard Donovan kindly presented me with a mapped poster of the run. This is a copy I presented to Michael Gillan


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Hi everyone I am having a pleasant days rest after all the drama of finishing the run yesterday. Having lunch with Michael Gillan who as you know was my Australian support driver. Michael also came over for the last two weeks on the road in Ireland.

Just when I wondered if I had taken the final steps of my running career Richard Donovan CEO of North Pole Marathon and Polar Running Adventures presented me with a complimentary entry to the North Pole Marathon. Richard assured me it is a return trip so I don’t have run home :)

Below is a link to RTE news marathon coverage begins at 11,20 on the RTE player.

Press on the link for my final footsteps taken with my family. Exactly 50,000km run and not a metre more!


Richard Donovan presents me with a framed mapped poster of the run and a RETURN entry to April's North Pole Marathon

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Thanking so many people for their amazing help on the lap of Ireland!

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

Thanks to so many people for their help and support on the lap of Ireland!

This is just a preliminary thank you message to everyone that helped and was of assistance on the lap of Ireland!

Thanks to my main sponsor North Pole Marathon and friend Richard Donovan CEO of Polar Running Adventures. Please see website HERE

Great Outdoors, UVU, On Running, to Ash in Runways, John Buckley Sports in Cork. Drymax Socks, Chariot Carriers.

Thanks to Siobhan Clifford of Blue Bubble Marketing for great crew work and logistics support in Ireland and also England.

Thanks to my Aussie support driver Michael Gillan for coming to Ireland for the last two weeks to lend his hand to crew and his world famous remarkable athlete leg recovery help.

Start of the last road day. Depart from the Wilton Hotel in Bray. Thank you for the complimentary stay!

To Kevin Scanlon for ongoing help and logistic support during the run and for organizing the flags for the end of run parade on marathon Monday

Thanks to each and every host and for all the businesses that waived charges.

Thanks to marathon race director Jim Augney for his enthusiastic support  of my world run plans within my city marathon.

Thanks to Jesper Olsen my two times world runner friend for coming over to Ireland to run the last week with me, this was so special. Also to my long time friend and great supporter of the run Greg Havely for making the trip from Portland Oregon.

To Kiyan who emailed to say he heard about the run on radio in Newcastle and though not a runner he was inspired to come over from England and enter his first marathon :)

Greg Havely, USA and Kiyan of Iranian origin handshake my 2 favorite countries

Thanks to all the hotels for their very generous accommodation and meals for both me and Siobhan and later for Jesper and Michael.

Last but by no means least thanks to each and every runner for your great efforts in coming out to run with me. Many runners had to juggle their school runs, took time off work or got babysitters! Even those that barely managed a kilometre are so much appreciated and I can see Jesper Olsen nodding his head as we both experienced year long stretches during South America without any runners to run with.

Hope I have not left anyone out, if so I will correct.

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Message from World Runners Association ( WRA) and other world runners.

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

Tony, Congratulations my Friend on just about ( time differences aside ) completing your 50 000 km run around the world. AWESOME , GREAT, FANTASTIC . ( Even if you did miss Canberra ) As President of the World Runners Association , I would like to congratulate you on becoming the third to complete this achievement and welcome to the select group. We will also be recognizing yourself for doing the longest run around the world and being the oldest to achieve this great feat. Enjoy today and the Dublin Marathon tomorrow. Tuesday your time – you don’t have to go anywhere – if you do get the bus.

Phil Essam, President WRA World Runners Association.

And From Jesper Olsen, Denmark and  two times world runner:

The World Runner :- )
…I’ve had the big pleasure of running the last week w. Tony who according to himself on Monday becomes the 3. runner to complete a world run – According to me, he already since yesterday evening belong to this club of strange people! When we ran into Dublin after a hilly run yesterday he returned to the place he started his run 4 (!) years ago.

Jesper Olsen's favourite food is Licorice Allsorts!! Breakfast in bed,lunch, dinner and snacks it's the same! Crewman Michael Gillan feeds the great Dane.


Tony is not only an outstanding ultrarunner, with several world records to his name, but he also strikes me as a runner who never ever tries “to take the short road”. Literally, because his run is 50 000kms – mine were ‘sprints’ of 26 000 & 37 000kms in comparison. And I guarantee you that the last thousands of kms does not feel as light as the first ones. Just think of how the last km of a marathon feels compared w. the first.

Most importantly, Tony Mangan is a sympatic runner. In this world you sometimes meet people who ‘shout loud and do little’. This athlete has the opposite personality. Seldom have I met a man with more reason to be celebrated for his achievements, yet who is more humble than the average person you’d meet.

I respect you even more for your personality Tony, than for your Fantastic run!
There are many great athletes in the world, but to me to be a great Sportsman is what ultimately matters. May there be many more of your spirit

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And from Tom Denniss The second man to run around the world. Jan 2012 / Sept 2013


Well done, Tony. Great effort. I hope you get all the attention you deserve. Looking forward to catching up one day in person.

Tom  Denniss www.tomsnextstep.com


And from Kevin Carr who will be the 4th world runner in a few months time. Please check Kevin’s website www.hardwayround.com

and support him as he crosses Ireland from Shannon to Dublin in February :)

Kevin is attempting to break Tom’s record for the fastest world run.

Happy 4th anniversary Tony!

enjoy today the last ‘road day’

as you say no rush, champs Elysees Tour de France style!

what an adventure!

happy running both yourself, Jesper and hopefully
many people who join you these last 2 days.

Best wishes Kevin Carr

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Last Road Day Before The Marathon!

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

Saturday the 25th October will be the 4th anniversary of the run and also my very last road day! I am hoping as many people can run or cycle as possible, Tour de France style, the work has been done so lets have a leisurely run into the capital for the last road day :) Sunday a rest day. The world run will be only completed when my foot hits the finish line in Merrion Square North at 3.05pm on Monday, Yes folks, I am slow, I hope there will still be people there at the finish line!!

For further information text Siobhan Clifford at Blue Bubble Marketing 087 2931029 or email siobhanclifford42@gmail.com

Happy to finish, sad its over as someone remarked a few weeks ago.

The plan is to run from the Wilton Hotel Bray at 10am to the Dublin marathon start line in Fitzwilliam Street Upper.

Press HERE to see my route Bray, Shankill, Ballybrack, Killiney, Dalkey, Monkstown, Blackrock,  Booterstown,Donnybrook, 1 Fitzwilliam Street Upper.

Total to date 49,939km for 1,153 road days

Friday 23rd my last full day on the road was very enjoyable Once again I ran the 38km with Jesper Olsen. Making the trip from Arklow was Kevin Scanlon. Also my host from last night Paul Mahon who ran with me in Colombia for  a couple of days back then. Also running today were Gary Seery who came from Dublin, Sheamus running his second day, Sheamus will be running the marathon, Good luck mate you have been a great help.

A few nice women :) also turned up and  ran for an hour or so.

More great crewing by Siobhan Clifford of Blue Bubble Marketing and Michael Gillan my Aussie crew man who came over for the finish.

In the afternoon Gerry Duffy turned up also and ran about 5km

Irish Times athletics journalist and long time follower of the blog Ian O’Riordan dropped by for a natter just as Kevin and Siobhan made a display of a few of the flags we will be parading at the end of the marathon on Monday. Yes there will be a 41 flag parade of the 41 countries run :)

Thanks to Kevin Scanlon for organizing the flags!

We just happened to be running by a golf course and saw an abandoned sofa so decided on a picnic. I did the interview sitting on the sofa and then Ian ran about three km with us

A great day we even met an Irish mountain bike Olympian from 2004 called Jenny. When I sang a rendition of The Killers hit ‘ Jenny was a friend of mine ‘ she told me she was married!!!!!


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Thanks to the Wilton Hotel in Bray for their generous help.

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Thanks to the Wilton Hotel manager Karen Mc Namee for accommodating us on the last road night of my world run :)

Please visit their website HERE

It is one of the most popular hotels in Bray and one of the finest small luxury hotels in Bray and Wicklow. If you are searching for hotels in Bray, great value hotel accomodation in Braymeeting rooms in Bray  or conference venue in Bray look no further. The hotel consistently achieves well on the various review websites and works hard to deliver a high quality experience to every guest that stays at the Wilton Hotel, Bray.

With Wilton Hotel manager Karen Mc Namee and their duty manager Stephen Mc Cormack

The hotel is located just 2km from Bray Seafront and town centre. Across from the hotel is a walking trail up the back of Bray Head. The hotel is directly opposite Kilruddery House & Gardens so a perfect stay if attending or visiting this very popular Bray attraction. Bray Golf Club is also located across from the hotel. 5 minute drive from the N11 makes this hotel in Bray an excellent base for your stay.

With an ever increasing number of local festivals and events such asBray SummerfestGroove Festival, Hell and Back at Kilruddery, the Bray Jazz Festival, Bray Air Show there is always plenty going on and choosing to stay in one of the most conveniently located hotels in Bray offers a great oppurtunity to enjoy easy access to all these and the many more events throughout the year. Bray Tourism also offer a great source of information for all visitors to Bray.

Also on offer is a  great selection of special offers and family packages during the various seasonal activites such as St Patricks Festival in Bray, Easter Egg Hunts over Easter time, Summer holidays, Christmas shopping, short break away.

We are ideally suited for walking in Wicklowgolfing in Wicklow,family breaks in Bray and touring the county of Wicklow. Just 20km south of Dublin you can also enjoy the delights of Dublin city centre. For further information of the many activities and attractions please visit www.bray.ie.

The Wilton Hotel Bray is renowned as one of the top Bray hotels, with quality hotel accommodation in the county of Wicklow, excellent facilities and a fantastic location just off the N11 and 2km from Bray Seafront. 87 guest rooms in this Bray Hotel provide comfortable and luxurious hotel accommodation in Wicklow, and a range of accommodation types are available, including double and Twin rooms as well as Executive King rooms and large spacious family rooms.

You can choose from from a range of great packages, Dinner Bed & Breakfast as well as great Bed & Breakfast rates in Bray and a selection of packages and hotel special offers for Bray. The hotel’s genuinely warm welcome will greet you on arrival and the friendly staff will ensure that you have a relaxing break at the Wilton Hotel Bray.

View our Genuine Customer Reviews of guests who have stayed with us by clicking our Reviews Page.

We have ample free car parking and free wi fi throughout the hotel. Look no further for hotels in Bray.
The Wilton Hotel was formely the Ramada Woodland Court Hotel

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Two Road Days To Dublin!

Thursday, 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. Though I have appreciated each and every one of them, overall I am very disappointed by the lack of awareness of the run all through the lap of Ireland. People keep telling me they only heard about it the day before and there seems to be almost no media interest.
  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<

Thursday, 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!

Thursday, 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.

Wednesday, 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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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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