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Merry Christmas From Clifton Maine.

Just a quick post to to say I am spending Christmas in this nice town. I am the guest of pastor John and Debbie Walsh.

 I have been having problems both time wise and quality  internet service wise this last week and thats why I have not managed to post my photos. I hope to post them soon along with a blog of my first few days in the States.

Merry Christmas to my blog followers, supporters, sponsors and especially those that have helped me, those that have offered to help me and those that are still helping me.

I was on US 9 highway on Wednesday just outside of Clifton, Maine and wondering where I would spend that night. There had been a storm for 2 days. A lady called Lynn pulled up and suggested she would go onto to Clifton and ask at the United Baptist Church of Clifton if I could stay that night.

Back on the road. Time to burn off those Christmas calories.

Lynn returned to say the church were waiting for me. I will put further details in the blog but Pastor John and his wife Debbie suggested I spend Christmas with them in their home. Their kindness is overwhelming.

I did my interview for the BBC this morning but it was really just a snippet at the end of the show. We were all up here at 6.15am for the call.

A couple of days ago I got a call for a local talk radio station asking for me to be available for a radio interview at 6.40am Monday. I think they required a landline connection and wanted to know where I would likely be. I honestly didn’t know and may not even have a cell phone signal.

Well the producer tries to impress me when I give him all this negativity (for him but reality for me)

So he asks me… ” Tony.. So do you know who owns this radio station? ”

” No Who? ”

” Stephen King! ” Says he trying to impress me.

” Oh thats the boxing promoter with the wiry hair that looks like he stuck his finger in the electrical socket! ” I say seriously.

I don’t think he was too impressed.

The radio producer had read the article in the Bangor Daily News: Article > HERE

Christmas Break In Clifton, Maine.

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2 Responses to “Merry Christmas From Clifton Maine.”

  1. jerome bennett Says:

    Merry Christmas Tony.

  2. Phil Essam Says:

    Tony,
    Hope you had a Good Christmas. Enjoy the States!

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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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