Chech Mates!

Hi everyone.
Sorry for this title!! I know my Hungarian friends were throwing their eyes to Heaven and saying
” Oh No not the Hungry comment again!!!
I crossed to Germany today and am having some getting sorted problems re phone battery crashing/ taking huge amount of time to charge even a little, so time spent charging. looking for internet and camera broken! Cant do anything in Germany on Sunday!! yes I have lost count about 7 cameras!
I had amazing help in Czech rep. Am in such a rush but …special thanks to the two Tomas’s, Martin, George and Camilla, Irene and Charles and wait till you see the picture of their two dogs!! Michel who drove out from Prague on Saturday to drive Nirvana on 5km to Stribro and then push another 26 to Plana!! Hope I havn’t forgotten anyone!!
Oh yes, Tomas son David 17 years old and his friend Andrew 15 never ran more than 5km before. Well about 3 days ago they ran 49.6km as on Andrews gps. They were full of chat at the end, so much that they ran around the church yard where Tomas had arranged for me to sleep, then they got the 50km, only a couple people ran 50 with me!Great lads!!
Then Pavel, Maria, John and son John gave me dinner and I showered before returning to the church accommodation to sleep. The family brought me breakfast in the morning and snacks for the road as did Tomas, so I was well fed there! Thanks everyone :)
833km to Calais – end of mainland Europe!

Am now about 15 from 47,000km!! :) sorry for rush. Lovely bicycle trails today. talk soon

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9 Responses to “Chech Mates!”

  1. theworldjog Says:

    Tony for Martin who posted this comment on last post. I repeat here as I was rushing so much I neglected to say he rode his bicycle on Sunday and stayed over at Camilla and George’s house and then helped me by pushing Nirvana while I ran up the hills pushing his easier to manage bicycle, mad I know :)

    “I was honored to ride with you on your route at least for two days. It was great to discover other places where I´ve never been and meet several kind people. Keep going forward, I know too that everything is possible if you want.

    Take care, Martin.”

  2. Fergus Says:

    Good Man Tony, it’s reassuring to hear that you are getting so much well deserved support. Lets hope it continues all the way to the Dublin City Marathon day. Great progress and stay safe.

  3. Ann Says:

    Well done Tony crossing to yet another country and great you are receiving so much help :-)

  4. Greg Havely Says:

    Hey Tony—Just read the last couple of blogs–been out camping with Max —no computer or cell phones there–gotta love it. In Germany–seems like you just left Iran—-Wow–you are getting close to home now—and the Channel in late August—-that is like only a couple of weeks away—-This is all pretty energizing to think about after all of the postings over the past 4 years—–nearly there—–
    Good running old friend—-and really happy about your stop in Brno—quite an emotional stop for sure

    cheers Greg

  5. tony Says:

    Quick update
    Am having a nightmare stressful time in Germany as police insist I run on bike paths and not very well marked you will be surprised to know. Also hills all the way up to the sky and down to hell!
    Progress is so slow. Gotta run

  6. kevin scanlon Says:

    keep the faith tony. progress is steady on the spot. i’d have thought the germans would be much friendlier to runners……….who knew???? you are doing great. kevin

  7. Ann Says:

    That’s awful for you so hilly with such tired legs. Amazed the Germans making you run in cycle ways take care Ann :-)

  8. Tony Says:

    Getting on a lot better now, though still slow.When the biking paths are marked well they are a joy, even if hillier!
    ran a bit late last night as I had a slow day due to many stops and tiredness. It was also a very hot afternoon and the coolness of the evening is so beautiful
    47,208km for 1,080 road days. I put my 47th pair of shoes on this morning. Thank you Oliver in On Running as they have supplied me since January. A late start again and may run the cool evening as I have spent so much time today on logistics!
    Thanks everyone for messages and to Jan for sponsoring a couple of meals and Sue Reid for sponsoring a very nice hotel night :)

  9. theworldjog Says:

    Stopped for a delicious meal in a restaurant/guest house Landgasthof Bloss in Lautertal
    It is raining heavily and the nice lady here Helge kindly let me stay in a spare cabin! Herbert asked me to drink a beer but I said I would prefer a pot of tea!! They all laughed and probably called me a little girl.
    Very nice people here. Danke :)
    Also thanks to a very nice woman called Norma who was on holiday from New Jersey,USA. We got talking today when I stopped for lunch today and she sponsored a most delicious meal :)

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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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