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Europe….. It’s the final countdown!

At Long last back on European soil!

 

I have been singing that song with gusto these last few days…. It’s the final countdown! :)

Today I ran across the Bosphorous Bridge in Istanbul. This bridge connects Europe and Asia.

Thanks to Erok in the Irish Embassy for helping me secure a permit for running across this non pedestrian bridge.

Also it was great to run with six local runners. Including my host Baris and great helper Ercan.

Alper; Agnieszka; Ayça; Ercan; Tony; Necla; Baris

Thank you all for making this a most enjoyable experience, Four continents have now been run. North America, South America, Oceania and now Asia the toughest of them all.

Approx 44,900km have been run since October 25th 2010. Only a little over 5,000 to runm thats all just the same distance from New York to LA! My finish will include a full 1,600 km lap of Ireland before the grand finale at the finish line of the Dublin City Marathon on October 27th 2014.

Please stay tuned and tham

Thanks for your support :)

No I didn't fall I am kissing the European ground!

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11 Responses to “Europe….. It’s the final countdown!”

  1. Ann Says:

    Congratulations Tony on this round trip. So close to the finish line. You are like Pope John Paul kissing the ground. Roll on the lap of Ireland. Take care Ann -:)

  2. kevin scanlon Says:

    well done tony. i hope you are taking it easy for a few days after the huge effort to reach europe. kevin

  3. Fergus Says:

    Good Man Tony, It’s just so rewarding that you could cross that huge bridge. You have traversed so much of the world already it is totally appropriate that you were allowed across. It’s another significant milestone on the most daring expedition of the millennium . More congrats , well done and take care.

  4. tony Says:

    Making slow progress towards Bulgaria as am pushing Nirvana my cart. Hope to be there by weekend. Left wrist is very sore. I may even ditch Nirvana.. Will wait a bit and see. With luck I may run 45,000th kilometre today but more than likely on Wednesday.

  5. tony Says:

    Tuesday 49km run total is 45,007 kilometres about 28,000 miles.
    Have now 139km to Bulgarian border.

  6. Lyndon Says:

    You’re amazing Tony – all the way! Best wishes from your fiends in Singapore!

  7. john clarke Says:

    only 5000k to go!

  8. Ann Says:

    Congratulations on running over 45,000 kms, well done Tony -:)

  9. Greg Havely Says:

    Tony—just watching your spot tracker and see you have crossed into Bulgaria—-woohoo—another milestone—Hope your wrist gets better–would hate to have you ditch old Nirvana—maybe if you decide to do without you could post her on home as she did accompany you on a lot of KMs—-
    Anyway–getting cloooooooosssser to the finish–
    Good running–Greg

  10. tony Says:

    Greetings from Bulgaria and the European Union :)
    Camping in a petrol station for my first night
    May be in Bulgaria for about eight days them its Romania
    Lovely people.
    Europe is going to be a bit like central America… A country a week for about 13 weeks! Bulgaria is country number 29.
    Talk soon
    Back in the EU… You don’t know how lucky you are boys..
    Back in the EU… Back in the EU
    Well the Ukraine girls really knock me out they leave the west behind
    And Munster girls make me scream and shout!
    OK tony enough of that!

  11. Andrés Montero Says:

    Since México; we,re sending Tony our encouragement and admiratión because the Asian route is done, now Tony almost is in home…Great EU.

    Greetings

    Andrés Montero & Family
    Ahuacatlán Nayarit, México.

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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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