Amherst Party

Alfred and his wife Denise couldn’t quiet do enough for me during my stay in Amherst!

In my last entry I mentioned Alfred picked me up at the new service station in Taylor’sStation. After a massive breakfast they dropped me back there on Friday morning for my run into Amherst.  The temperature was around zero degree C. The windchill factor made it about -10C. I was well wrapped up and actually enjoyed the 44km. Alfred and Denise stopped by around lunchtime with a delicious hot coffee.

I enjoyed my rest day in Amherst just chilling out and did a local newspaper interview.

Denise with the help of their 7  year-old daughter, Joanna were very busy preparing for a family house party on the Saturday night. So after I overloaded with about 6 kilos of snacks for the road Alfred brought me over to see his friend Michael for a coffee.

Michael seemed extremely interested in the World Jog asking unusual and specific questions. i got the impression he would love to be doing a similar trip but on a motor bike. Many people have told me that in many ways I am living out their dreams. He seemed to be a bit disappointed  he had to go to his bar job that night and not the party.

At the party there were 2 Chinese students. I quizzed them about routes and visas but they didn’t seem to be very sure.

I also had an interesting exchange with a Turkish student who couldn’t quiet understand why everyday is not a chore for me going out running a marathon plus.

” So what’s your favourite sport? ” I asked him.

” Rugby. ”

” And who is your favourite boyhood rugby team that you would just die to play for? ”

He names his team.

” Well today was road day 39 for me…. I am living my dream, would you feel it was a chore playing your 39th game for your dream team? ”

” A good point! ” he says.

There was so much good food there that I ate and ate and ate! Had a good laugh with many of the guests then Alfred calls me aside for a special introduction to the guests.

If that wasn’t enough he handed me a package and wished me a safe journey and a Merry Christmas. I said I would open it on Christmas morning but they were having none of that. I peeled open the package to find a pen with my name engraved on it in a pen case with the World Jog along with the logo on the case! I was gobsmacked, totally blown away. How thoughtful! And there were 2 of my favourite Big Turk chocolate bars taped either side of the case!

Next morning Alfred finds a card in the hallway from Michael. It’s a Christmas card and $30 dollars to buy lunch on him… What people!

It’s always hard leaving. Never easy. This is a fact of life of such a trip. It seems every week I meet at least 2 or 3 really incredible families. The Lushman family are no different…. The hardest part about travelling is leaving.

Alfred escorts me out to where I finished on Friday and then he pops up 5km later just before i crossed the New Brunswick borderline!

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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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