Christmas Day Interview With The BBC!

Mon. Dec.  20th. 45.5km / 28.3 miles.  Crawford, Maine, USA.

Tues. 21 Dec.   52.1km /  32.4 miles. Beddington.

Wed. 22 Dec.  40.9km / 25.4 miles.  Clifton.

Total for 49 Road days = 2,193.7km. = 1,363.1  miles

December 23-25th Christmas break in Clifton, Me.

I have been asked for an interview on a prestigious  programme for BBC Radio 5 Live on Christmas Day called ” Snapshot Christmas”

It’s about unusual things people are doing on Christmas Day! I guess Running around the world qualifies.

The show runs from noon to 1pm GMT. I believe their website is: http://www.bbc.co.uk/5live/

Anyone interested should be able to logon and listen.

I will be spending Christmas in Clifton, Maine with my new friends Pastor John and Deb Walsh

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17 Responses to “Christmas Day Interview With The BBC!”

  1. Ann Says:

    Hi Tony, Congratulations on crossing Canada and reaching over 2000kms on the road. You really are living your dream. We will all be tuned into the BBC Radio 5 interview on Christmas Day Ann :)

  2. theworldjog Says:

    Thanks Ann. Charles and Cindy, the sinner bikers have just offered me a rest day here. So I am taking it and will cross over on Monday.

  3. Mick Hanney Says:

    You are doing great. Well done and keep up the good spirits. Its great to hear of all the kindnesses the locals are affording you on your world jog. Regards, Mick (Co. Wicklow, Ireland and member of IMRA)

  4. John O'Regan Says:

    And what’s unusual about running around the world??

  5. Lindie Says:

    Good man Tony. Hope it’s less icy and slippy where you are than it is here. Happy Christmas!

  6. theworldjog Says:

    Thanks Lindie, John and Mick.. Nice to hear from you and to know who is following the blog! Merry Christmas to all, Tony.

  7. Rose Tobin Says:

    Thinking of you. Glad to hear you are still moving along. Take care and stay safe. Will send wishes on Christmas. Ignore the John O”Regans of the world..sounds like he is a loosers.You can do it! Take care ..Rose, Mark & Keane

  8. Katheryn Cochrane Says:

    Woah Tony, Congrats on making it to the US safely!!!
    Hopefully the weather isn’t too nasty for ya!


  9. Tony Mangan Says:

    Hi Everyone am in Maine, USA 45.5km/ 27.5 miles yesterday. Weather holding out but very cold nights. Stayed with a nice couple last night.
    Thanks for support. Tony

  10. theworldjog Says:

    Thanks Rose! HA HA John was only using his Dublin wit and is one of my great supporters and advisors! He is a member of our national 24 hour team. I met with him several times before leaving and his help and advice on gear and the Spot tracker was sound. Best wishes for Christmas to all. I crossed over to USA yesterday. Tony

  11. stewart cochrane Says:

    hi tony….congrats on making into the U.S OF A…..full blown xmas scene here at home…but still raining and high winds … i would guess that you are getting some of the same system???

    we’ll be tuning into the bbc on xmas day…though it might be preempted by my usual all beatles all day christmas that i like to do

    take care

    stewart and bernie

  12. Christine Henry Says:

    Hello Tony! We’ve been checking to see how far you made it, but nothing yet! Hope you are safe and enjoying your dream. We really enjoyed your stay with us here on Love Lake. Merry Christmas!
    Courtney & Christine Henry

  13. theworldjog Says:

    Hi Christine and Courtney. Thanks again for your kind hospitality and help. The tracker did not update yesterday and today I am not traveling. I missed Frank at that place. I am in Clifton and staying with a nice couple. Have not had a chance to post my blog yet. I will be spending Christmas here in Clifton with my new friends. Merry Christmas to all at Love Lake! Tony

  14. Andy jones Says:

    Tony. Following your blog from dublin as an avid long distance runner myself .you are a great inspiration to us all.I will definitely join you for a run later in your travels as we are moving to Australia later next year. Keep the spirits up and I expect the further into your jog the more media and personal support will grow. Good luck . Andy jones, Dublin

  15. Lexi Says:

    Hey I met you at Irving in Wiscasset Maine today. This is the blog, right? Good luck! I dont really know much about blogs but I’d like to follow yours.

  16. irene Says:

    Hi Tony,

    Glad to see that your doing well.
    Hope America treats you kindly. As you are a gentle man with a kind expression and it was my good fortune to have met you.
    As we Irish say “May the wind be at your back”

  17. irene Says:

    Glad to see your doing well. Hope America treats you kindly. As you are a gentle man with a kind expression, it was my good fortune to have met you. As we Irish say “May the wind be at your back.”

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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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