Running south update.


To listen to my Radio New Zealand National interview today, Tuesday on the Nights program, at 06.10am gmt 19.10 local press HERE  for info and player.

I finish the north island on Fri 1st Feb and take the ferry to the south island on Saturday.

Thursday 31th Jan. 40km, Total distance to date: 25,966km for 614km.

Wed. 30th Jan.  Opiki to Otaki 51km

Tuesday 29th Jan. 38km From Feilding to Opiki.

Total km run to date: 25,875km for 612 road days.

A wonderful run! Felt great as I set out from Perry’s house very early. Perry drove on ahead a few km at a time and then after parking his car. He then kept running back to me to run on towards the car and so on till I finished at 10am as I need to do a lot of work today. I was delighted by my mornings run, thanks Perry :)

The only downside was that piece of crap, namely my Spot ‘ tracker ‘ failed, yet again to update properly. I have met many people using this  ’ Mom and Spop! ‘ device, of which many have the same problem. I don’t think it’s up to a serious expedition, more like a boy scouts hike, but I’m stuck with it and their poor customer service I have experienced in the past from them. I would not recommend it to anyone and would hate to be relying on it’s emergency response button!

Monday 28th Jan.

A very happy birthday to my niece Serena :)

A very tough, hot, hilly 60km however the views were wonderful. My new great friend Perry pushed me all the way to his doorstep in Feilding.  I have about 165km of the north island left to run, so thinking around Fri/Sat for the ferry to the south island. Don’t you think the north island set a high standard for the south island :) My route on the south island will 925km along the east coast from Picton to Bluff via Christchurch. Many thanks to Perry and Kathy for putting me up these last two nights and Tuesday also. I got an invitation from Karl from Inchicore in Dublin. He lives in Wellington these days, so perhaps a Thursday night commute of an estimated 20/25km will be the way to go. Am hoping he will be able to run back to Wellington and the ferry with me on Friday

924km (in addition of the 165km on the north island) to be run on the south island as the flight has been booked from Christchurch to Hobart, Tasmania, Australia on Feb 27th.

I am planning a very very early start on Tuesday to run a decent but shortish 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.

Total distance run:  25,837km for 611 road days.


I 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 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 Feilding.  Total: 25,777km for 610 road days.

Anyone want to trade some yarns and long tales, all 25,837km long for a bed for the night on your route pls text 021 08437842  :)

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2 Responses to “Running south update.”

  1. Serena Says:

    Hi tony thank you for the mention! Had a nice day! Looks like you’re taking new Zealand by storm! Great to have perry for company and some added motivation! Serena :)

  2. Ann Says:

    That’s great that Perry made you speed it up. Looking forward to listening to your interview on player tomorrow. Glad you are enjoying your route and are so organised ahead. Take care Ann :)

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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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