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I’m Back in the EU

Greetings from Bulgaria and the European Union :) Camping in a petrol station near Swivelgrad for my first night May be in Bulgaria for about eight days them its Romania Lovely people. First impression roads and signposting are terrible and no shoulder to run on. When I ran up to the border I ran through the disinfection lane with Nirvana by mistake. So we got sprayed by accident.. Then again on the way out much to the border guards amusement. So I started telling the young lad about how great it was to be able to run into Bulgaria because when I was on my cycle trip all those years ago Bulgaria was closed to me…. Behind the Iron Curtain was like another planet. He just laughed as if to say ‘ dont go crying on my shoulder Granada!’ There was no welcome to  Bulgaria sign as the whole area was literally a construction site to add lanes for ease of movement. Then the next immigration officer told me he worked in Ireland for a few months. How times have changed :) 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 Ice Cream girls really knock me out they leave the west behind And Munster girls make me scream and shout! OK tony enough of that!

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5 Responses to “I’m Back in the EU”

  1. Ann Says:

    You are sounding very excited Tony, slap slap!!! Stay focused, they didnt spray you down twice for nothing!!!! Enjoy the E U Ann -:)

  2. theworldjog Says:

    Ha ha Ann thanks
    But they didn’t spray me I ran in the car spray lane by mistake turning on the automatic sprinklers and when I tried to get out I turned them on again!

  3. Ivan Says:

    Welcome to my country! If Sofia is on your route, I will be glad to say hi. If you need anything while in BG, you can always drop me an email. I’ll be glad to help with advice or whatever you need :)

    Cheers!

  4. kevin scanlon Says:

    great update tony. my advice is to leave the singing and the poetry to the professionals………your progress is massive. well done.

  5. theworldjog Says:

    Thanks for your invitation Ivan. I am enjoying Bulgaria and your lovely people so much
    Unfortunately Sofia is not on my route but thanks
    I did not realize so many of the routes to Romania required a ferry across the Danube river. So I have decided on a route change. I will run to Vidin where I can cross at a land border. This means more time in Bulgaria and less in Romania
    From there to Timisora Romania to Vienna which means I will be including an extra country which is Serbia
    So that will be 42 countries in all and same number of kilometres in a marathon
    Thanks again Ivan
    Tony

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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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