In Atambua, Indonesia.

I see the Spot tracker didnt update so far today. I am in Atambua. It’s the first biggish town since I crossed from East Timor to Indonesia yesterday. E.T. was a wonderful country. Stayed with family and police another night. Roads brutal! Its like being back in Latin America now, crazy drivers, children following me and staring by the hordes and the constant ‘ Mister where you going ‘ about 100 times a day, no exaggeration. Sometimes I got to go into my own world and tune out for my sanity, then sometimes I engage, wonderful people.

I got a bit of business to do. So Gotta run!

Got the following message from Michael Gillan, my wonderful crew man for Australia and yes I am missing him in this very hot and humid climate! Things are going slow for me at the moment but expect to start picking up the pace.

Just over 31,200km run for about 719 road days need to confirm this.

Thanks Michael, your recovery techniques are wonderful!!

I got so much catching up to do.

Talk soon, Tony

” Hi Tony

Just got internet access at the Tennant Creek hostel and got here a few minutes ago and not read your blog yet to see how you are going

I enjoyed working with you

Will keep up with how you are going

And I think you are very professional just crap at getting going in the morning lol

How you gonna manage it without me to boil your coffee up before you start

will read ur blog now and thank you for the opportunity to work with you

Michael ”



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7 Responses to “In Atambua, Indonesia.”

  1. Ann Says:

    Hi Tony, great to hear from you from yet another continent and even if slow you are continuing, not an easy task without Michael supplying the coffee each morning. It’s just a new challenge in this world run. Keep focused and you will be turning into Ireland soon :) Ann

  2. kevin scanlon Says:

    well done tony. another leg started. great to hear you are still causing a stir with the local followers!!!! kevin

  3. Ann for Tony Says:

    We spoke to Tony on the phone today and he has no Internet access. The roads are still very bad and it’s raining but he managed to run 40 kms today Sunday. He has been staying with a lovely family for last few nights and will be staying with them again tonight. He is in great spirits in Indonisia Ann

  4. kevin scanlon Says:

    thanks ann. i guessed the internet access was bad. good to hear he is in good form. kevin

  5. Ann for Tony Says:

    Message from Tony Hi Ann. Pls Post.Roads narrow and poor.Rock shoulder i have to run in mostly as traffic hectic.M 45k Tu 56k We 45k Total 31445km. 54k left on Timor then ferry to Flores.Hot n humid staying in homeshare pay few € to family.These not friendly only want money and its a dump

  6. Ann for Tony Says:

    Hi Ann hope Mam is well pls post. Timor Island has been run :-) “Timor is first of 7 Indonesian islands. 52k today.Ferry to Flores Is tomorrow :)

  7. kevin scanlon Says:

    well done tony. enjoy the island hopping…………….it does not sound too glamorous at your end!!!!!

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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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