Interview Request From Radio New Zealand National



I got a radio interview request from Radio New Zealand as detailed below. 6.10 am Tuesday Irish time. All I need to do is get to a land line.  Anyone interested can log on to their website which should also have a playback possibility.


Tena koe Tony

This is an interview request from New Zealand’s independent public broadcasting station, Radio New Zealand National.


My name is Robyn and I produce the weekday evening show – a nightly voyage of attitude, longitude and latitude. Hullo!

Earl Irving from the Auckland Joggers Club alerted us to your current adventure which has now brought you to New Zealand – and what is touted to be the most daring expedition of the millennium!


Accordingly, I would like to invite you to speak with Nights host, Bryan Crump, about the joys and challenges of running around the world.


Could we speak with you next Tuesday 29 January 2013 at about 7:10pm. The interview would be for live-to-air for 15 to 18 minutes.


If these details suit, we require either a phone number (a landline preferably) or a Skype Name that we can call you on, as well as a back-up phone number for just in case.

Additionally, any further anecdotes from your adventure, as well as a couple of photos of your fine self on this journey for the Nights webpage/facebook would be most appreciated if possible.


By the way, the interview audio will be made available worldwide at broadcast date, to listen to, download and/or share from the Nights Audio Library…radionz.co.nz/nights


I look forward to hearing back from you soon.

Warm regards,



Hi Robyn,
Thank you for this opportunity, I would be delighted to share some of my memories with your audience :)
Below is a short summary photos and text from the archive on the side bar can be taken at will from my blog .1. Start  of the run at the finish line of the Dublin Marathon 25/10/10  details in archive Oct 20102. Running through Storms and blizzards in USA which was the coldest winter in American history/ Archive Jan 2011.3. Homecoming across the Colorado line. Archive April 2011 (I lived there 1994/2002)4. Splashing into Pacific to finish crossing the USA. Archive  May 20115. Mexico, Escort into Mexico City in the middle of a 12 lane highway Archive Sept or Aug 20116. The end of the road in North America Yaviza,Panama  Archive Jan 20127. Running through the Peruvian desert  Archive Apr/may 2012. No support vehicle and just a 3kg backpack.8. The Peruvian Andes .. Across the trails with my backpack (as I sent on my cart from Mexico to Buenos Aires and ran with this backpack for a year, with no tent, sleeping bag etc and survived at over 4,000 metres in the Andes winter. ) and dropping down the trails into the Andean villages where locals have never seen a gringo before to say ‘ Hola! ‘  Archive May/June 2012.

9 Incredible Argentine hospitality as I ran through the wilderness and desert that is Patagonia.. Archive Oct/Dec 2012.

So these are  just some of the highlights, many more to follow! The blog is littered with anecdotes.

I am now running through Oceania my 3rd continent through New Zealand, then Tasmania, the Australian outback north through the middle Melbourne  to Alice Springs to Darwin. Then S/East Asia, China, Kazakhstan, Russia and Europe, I am confident and on schedule to finish the world run at the finish line of the Dublin marathon 27th Oct 2014.

Gotta Run!

Talk soon,
Tony Mangan
The most daring expedition of the millennium.
Double world 48 hour record-holder running around the world.


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6 Responses to “Interview Request From Radio New Zealand National”

  1. kevin scanlon Says:

    great news tony with the interview. hopefully we can listen in. nice to see the help is continuing. kevin.

  2. Fergus Says:

    Good Man Tony, Remembering the list of highlights of theworldjog so far is just mesmerising – there are so many! Just one I could pick would be Violet back in that village in Bolivia with no electricity but plenty of potatoes. Ok Tony, you tell them !!

  3. tony mangan Says:

    Very quickly! ran 46km today,Sunday.
    The last 20km with Kiwi ultra running legend Perry Newburn who recently circumnavigated New Zealand, all 5,000km of it in an astonishing 10 weeks of running along the perimeter of both islands! Perry put some much needed zip into my legs! see his website http://www.perrysruns.co.nz I had a wonderful day. Tomorrow,Monday we return to today’s finish and run the 60km to his home in Fielding. I am planning a very very early start on Tuesday to run a decent distance before we return to Perry’s house early am for an office day of sorts. I will then take the Radio New Zealand interview there :)

  4. Ann Says:

    That’s great Tony, we will have to try tune in on player to hear your interview, you have so many stinteredting stories to choose from :)

  5. Greg Havely Says:

    Hey Tony—will be sure and tune in tomorrow–28th our time. So—didn’t I tell you that you would love NZ and the Kiwis—-In my estimation it is the best place in the world to live –especially if you love the out of doors!!—-and the people are really really hospitable!!!… as well, when you are sleeping outside you have nothing to worry about when it comes to snakes, spiders etc—nothing there to hurt you—a real Nirvana for sure!!!—-Enjoy the scenery and hospitality—-those miles through the center of Aussie are going to be monotonous compared to these sites—-but no doubt enjoyable in their own right!!!—It was great reading your highlights—and there are so many many more!!!—-OK man—good running—and sounds like good eating as well!!!—–just hearing about old NZ again makes me wish I were there running along side—not that in my age I could keep up hahaha—–

  6. theworldjog Says:

    Thanks Greg! Yes its amazing, just like Colorado :) New Zealand will be special for evermore. Thanks for your help and support, Tony

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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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