The World Runners Association

A new international governing body for the sport of world running, The World Runners Association, is due to be established next month. It will be the authority that decides on the authenticity of world runs and ratifies world records. As I understand it, when I finish my world run I’ll be the provisional holder of the world record for the Longest Circumnavigation run of the Earth on Foot, and this will be officially ratified by the WRA in the weeks after I finish. More info as it comes to hand.
Things still going well and very lucky with the weather, no rain! Siobhan doing a massive job in the support car :)
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48,598km for 1,120 road days.  =  1,151.74 marathons.

If you can help with a place to stay on our route as posted a few posts ago please email: siobhanclifford42@gmail.com

Siobhan is doing a great job updating the run on Facebook, so please befriend Siobhan Clifford

Everybody welcome to run anytime.

Thanks to our Belfast host Liam McGarry for accommodating us for two nights. Also great to meet up with my former Irish 24 hour team mate Marty Rea.
Had a great chat with Marty who runs a lot of marathons as a pacer. He just happened to mention that when we ran the world 24 hour championships in Taiwan how hard it was to run slower for the longer distance as he is a very fast marathon runner. Casually he mentioned he ‘ ran the first 100 miles chatting with Eoin Keith and said they need needed to start concentrating on the race!  ’
Siobhan gave him a funny look as though he was talking about a Sunday morning stroll!! Liam chipped in with ” That must have been some chat! “
Also thanks to Carrickdale hosts Kinga, Lloyd, Rose, Maeve for another two nights.
Running into Lisburn I got talking to a man who asked me what I was doing.
” I am from Dublin and I am running around the world! “
” When did you start? ” asked the man.
” October 2010 ” said I.
” Has it taken you that long to run from Dublin!! ” said he.
And same to Fergus and Barbara Owens we had a wonderful time staying with my great friend and his wife.

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5 Responses to “The World Runners Association”

  1. Ann Says:

    What great timing for ratification Tony. Great support from Siobhan and hosts. That was funny about 4 years running from Dubln. Was he blonde!!!! Take care Ann :-)

  2. Jason Scott Says:

    It was a great experience to get to run with you today Tony. I will be watching your progress with interest until you cross that finish line in Dublin. I enjoyed hearing a few of the tales from your around the world adventure. Keep on running.

  3. Ann Says:

    Well done Tony from Dublin to Derry in a week. Enjoy the All Ireland tomorrow, just a pity the dubs not in it this year. Well done :-)

  4. kevin scanlon Says:

    tony that is some progress in a week. well done. kevin

  5. Tony Says:

    Thanks everyone. Today I finished at the Derry exit roundabout. Have about 6 or 7km to reach Donegal and the Republic. Ah Yes Donegal who beat Gaelic football world champions Dublin in the semis of the All-Ireland. A few friendly locals gave me a bit of teasing! Good luck to them. Team Mangan including Siobhan and Billy here for the weekend will be supporting Donegal against Kerry. I hope to have a half day to watch the final tomorrow. Either way Siobhan tells me she will be ‘ clocking out ‘ early even if the boss doesn’t like it :)
    It was nice running with local runner Jason Scott, see comment above. He had already ran 13 miles by 9am! when his dad phoned him to say I was staying in their campsite. So Jason came by for breakfast and ran the first 10km with me. To be honest I was feeling a bit down that I hadn’t had any northern runners run with me, so I needed this, thanks Jason and congrats on the new arrival a dad of only a few days! :)

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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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