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In Coober Pedy

hi Everyone. the outback is amazing Including the flies. Please read comments from recent posts as many people I have met have commented.

Things are very busy with my aim to be in in Alice Springs for 20th. Am ahead of schedule so looking for early finish that day, my birthday. Am averaging 63km per day for last 2 weeks now! And in good shape even if a tad slow!!

I expect to make it and the Alice Springs running and walking club will escort me into town :)

thanks to Tiffany for hosting and running me out of town, port Augusta last week, April fools day! I wondered if her club mates though it was a wind up!! 505km for those last 8 days, feel like a running machine :)

Ta to Michael doing great job crewing :)

Sorry I got little time here on internet, much to report. Please keep an eye on comments here as I may be able to get some texts through to sister Ann to post, having said that many are not delivered, always something. roughly 700km to Alice springs and 11.5 days to run it in. Then 1,500 to Darwin and that means East Timor and ASIA next month!! Yes Asia my 4th continent!! :) Total to date 28,843km in 670.5 days, gotta run, thanks for stopping by mateys!!

Please see map HERE  for A = start location in Australian mainland, B = Current location, C = Alice Springs birthday location, D = Darwin Finish in Australia. Almost halfway there :)

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20 Responses to “In Coober Pedy”

  1. Ann Says:

    You are running at some pace Tony and covering the kms in the outback. Great that Michael is there crewing for you and making things so much more enjoyable for you. Take care and continue to enjoy Ann :)

  2. kevin scanlon Says:

    tony, its great to see you have a connection for an update. those daily distances are savage, even by your standards!!! the spot tracker is moving along nicely. well done. kevin

  3. Mam Says:

    Hi tony, just read your blog and have decided to give up telling you not to overdo it, because you will anyway!! However well done you are doing very well. Take care of yourself and continue to enjoy your dream Mam :) :)

  4. Denis Says:

    Great to hear that you’ve made it to Coober Pedy and ahead of schedule. The flys are protein and we’ve got 1000s of them, help yourself!!
    No wonder you feel like a running machine…Australia is your treadmill and you’ve just turned it up a notch!! Great work, and you’re still inspiring me to do a good time in my first Marathon in May. Also I wrote to the Alice Springs Running club on your behalf. I don’t know if the email got through or not but I’m glad you’ll have a group up there for your birthday treat on the run into Alice.
    How ever you are doing it, keep it up, take care mate
    Denis

  5. bscochrane@gmail.com Says:

    hi tony …keep up the great work….we continue to follow your efforts…well done!!!!!!!!!!

    your feiends in newfoundland

    stewart and bernie cochrane
    pasadena
    newfoundland
    canada

  6. Phil Essam Says:

    Hey Tony, your doing GREAT. Keep up the good work. I was just about to double check with alice springs the other day that all was good, but Michael told me that your rung them and spoke to them. If you need to start looking at anything Darwin or Asia let me know! Seen any of the wild camels on the road yet ?

  7. Ann for Tony Says:

    Text from Tony:: pls post Still in Outback and averaging around 63km per day.Still no internet.Ahead of schedule and will arrive in Alice Springs on the 20th my birthday :-) total 28814km for 670 road days

  8. Serena Says:

    Wow tony what a running machine is right!!! 63km daily average!! I’m proud when I run 3! Keep up the great work! Looks like you’re in flying form. Serena :)

  9. Vlastik & Jo Says:

    You are doing very well Tony, with Michael support you can do 63 km average – that is wonderfull. I look forward to call you on 20th and wish you Happy Birthday! The last chance to talk to you. After that you will not have reception for a while and we will be gone from Aussie for a while.
    All the best Tony, you are a wonderfull person and a great athlete.

  10. kevin scanlon Says:

    well tony, you are creeping up on alice springs. the spot tracker brings you closer every few hours. well done, hope all is well. kevin

  11. Sue Reid Says:

    Wow you are making great time Tony, looks like Michaels massage techniques are effective. You are an inspiration especially to someone who will also be 56 in 2013 :-)
    I hope you have a memorable and enjoyable 56th birthday on the 20th

  12. Ann Says:

    Hi To y, glad to see you are so close to Alice Springs for the big birthday, knew you would make it once you set your mind to it. Fair play to you. I know you have probably sent texts with updates from the outback but I havn’t received them. Glad all is good for you as it is here. Take care and looking forward to hearing from you. Well done Ann:) x

  13. Mam Says:

    Happy BirthdayTony, glad to see you are almost at Alice Springs and will enjoy your day with so many kms of the outback behind you. Well done to you, you set yourself a tough goal and I knew you would make it. You are incredible to have made it. We are so proud of you and pleased that you achieved your aim. Have a nice meal and relax. Take care of yourself and enjoy your birthday Mam :) :) x

  14. Ann Says:

    Happy Birthday Tony. Have a great day in Alice Springs. Glad to see you are nearly there and hope the runners come out to run into Alice Springs with you. Well done on such a huge distance to have set yourself and to have made it for your birthday. Have a great day matey and take it easy. Have a relaxing day and evening. You sure deserve it. Fair play to you. Happy birthday again:) Ann John and all the family xx

  15. Greg Havely Says:

    TONY—-A BIG BIG BIG Happy Birthday–your 3rd on the road—-Man you are rippin it up—I can’t believe the miles that you are churnin’ out—-
    I just did the satellite image of Alice Springs—pretty bleak and dry looking–but I’ll bet you can rustle up a couple of good steaks for your BD dinner!!!!
    Good running my friend–Greg

  16. Tiffany Says:

    Hi Tony, well done looks like you reached your goal for your birthday in Alice Springs. I hope you got a brilliant buzz running between the McDonnell Ranges to arrive at the beautiful town of Alice Springs. Have a lovely day and celebrate in style love Tiff, Mitch, Zara, Fergus and Ruby :)

  17. Jo Mitchell (Geelong Runners) Says:

    Happy Birthday Tony and well done on making it to Alice in time!! Have a great day!! Jo

  18. kevin scanlon Says:

    tony, great achievement getting to alice springs in the time you set. well done. on a funny note, your tracker is currently stopped at 4.33am outside a restaurant with a drive-thru…….a great place for you to stop!!!!! brilliant.

  19. Fergus Desmond Says:

    Hey Tony happy birthday. Hope your day is filled with steaks and ice cream!

    Your blog is inspiring as always.

    Best wishes

    Fergus

  20. Serena Says:

    Happy birthday tony! I hope alice springs is all you’d hoped for and more! Have a juicy big steak to celebrate! Love you, have a great day Serena :)

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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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