Not going hungry in Hungary!

July 11th 2014 46,129km run for 1,054 road days.

Many thanks to Kenneth Corcoran and Robert Lux for kindly sponsoring my next few days on the road  :)

In Hungary now. Just a brief thank you to my kind host Gyula Erdesz and Maria his mother for a wonderful time and delicious Hungarian goulash!

I crossed the border from Serbia this morning having mooched coffee from the border guards. It closed at 6pm last night so I camped just 100 metres from Hungary.
I had run  about 24km when Gyula drove out and crewed me the next 16km into Baja town. He brought along a huge selection of food and drinks, just about everything from tomato juice to non-alcohol beer and from chocolate, bread, to raisins!
It rained very heavily and he had a well stocked car of snacks!
He is the co-ordinator for the Hungarian 6 day race.

The name of his race: EMU 6 Day World Trophy
Not a man to be around if you have an ego!!
One one occasion I said to him I must look like one of his runners in the final hours of a 6 day race, Yes he said but worse :(  
I asked him what he meant when he said he saw a snail on the road. 
” Oh!  it was dead, a car ran over it! “
Yes we had a laugh, Thanks so much Gyula and family for a great time :)

A great crew job Gyula!




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10 Responses to “Not going hungry in Hungary!”

  1. kate Says:

    Hi Tony
    Great to see you are still motoring on around the world.
    Best wishes from New Zealand
    Kate & Steve (Taupo)

  2. Fergus Says:

    Well done Tony, And well done to Gyula and Maria. Despite all that heavy rain you are making great progress. That red rain coat looks the biz. More congrats.

  3. Serena Says:

    You look in great spirits in those pics! Never go hungry in Hungary!!!

  4. john clarke Says:

    well done tony on knocking off another country on your journey.great to see ya in high spirits. go neiri an bothar leat!

  5. Greg Havely Says:

    Hey Tony–lookin pretty sharp in red—-I am so used to seeing you in anything but a rain coat—-Hopefully the weather clears a bit for you as you make the final leg to good old Ireland!!!
    It seems strange to have you in a different country nearly every week—–keep up the pace man—the end is drawing near!!!
    Good running–Greg

  6. Ann Says:

    Well done Tony on adding Hungary to your list of countries you have run in. Glad you are not going hungry there. Take care -:)

  7. Michael Gillan Says:

    Hi Tony well done been following you as well as I can

    Am on track for getting to Dublin for the big historic finish

    Good on you mate

  8. Németh Zoltán Says:

    Hey, Tony!
    Good luck and take care!
    Greetings and thanks Baja Gyula and Marika!
    I’m sorry that I was not at home.
    I wish you a good trip and a lot of experience!
    Regards, Zoltan

  9. theworldjog Says:

    Hi folks a quick update am rushing to Bratislava where the Irish Ambassador of Ireland H.E.Anne-Marie Callan is going to kindly put me up in hotel Tatra. Thank you very much Ambassador Callan and to my local contact Josef for arranging. :)

    I expect to arrive there Friday. Its 75km away. I am about 10km away from Slovakia my 32nd country :)

    Distance 46,338km for 1,059 road days.
    Gotta fly, I wish :)
    PS Thanks Michael for your comment, an email to you is long overdue, I look forward to seeing you. I will write from Bratislava, ditto to Alan Young for helping me with Gyula in Baja in this posting.

  10. Ann Says:

    Glad to see you heading to country number 32 tomorrow another one conquered. Fair play to Ann – Marie Callan for sorting you out 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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