My Spot Tracking Device Did Not Update Yet Again

Today was a difficult day on the road from Malin to my finish location at Grianan Hotel about 15km south west of Buncrana. Heavy afternoon rain made for miserable weather.  I was particularly tired due to lack of sleep last night. Life was made easier by my superb crew woman Siobhan Clifford from Blue Bubble Marketing.

The day started slowly as I was delighted to give two talks to students in the primary school in Cordona. And no sooner had I started running when we were invited into the Slisbh Sneacht Centre for a much needed coffee. Ed Mc Groarty a local runner made the afternoon slog a lot more bearable running with me for about an hour and a half., thanks Ed, this was just what I needed.

Long time followers to the blog will know how unreliable my Spot device has been. I actually got an email from one of my followers asking if I enjoyed my rest day today!

I have emailed Spot and so far have been ignored, what can I say. It is particularly annoying at this stage of the world run because there are many runners that want to run with me for parts of the lap of Ireland. But they don’t know where I am when this ‘ tracking device ‘ does not update.

I have posted my schedule on the route page. I am about 16km ahead of the schedule.

Press HERE for my route for the next few days. I hope you can join me.

Many thanks to Liam our host last night in Malin and his work colleague  Mark for putting us up tonight. Both are teachers in Cardona primary school. It was also great meeting Irish international ultrarunning athlete John Collins who has also crewed many times for Irish athletes in world championships.

Yesterday I reached Malin Head and started my run towards Mizen Head (600km) as part of the lap of Ireland, the so called M2M is the Irish equivalent of the UK’s Lands End to John O’ Goats.

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6 Responses to “My Spot Tracking Device Did Not Update Yet Again”

  1. Ann Says:

    Hi Tony, what great progress not recorded. I also thought you had a rest day as spot wasn’t moving. Anyway well done and at least you heading back down the country. Well done and take care Ann :-)

  2. Jason Scott Says:

    My class watch your progress daily and noticed that SPOT was not updating. We are glad it was because of the device’s failure and not you having to stop. Keep going we are cheering for you every step of the way!

  3. Ed mc groarty Says:

    It was a pleasure to meet you and siobhan yesterday. Todays weather was
    An improvement and glad to see you made Ballybofey. Best of luck on your continued journey
    And i’ll be looking out for you in Dublin.
    All the best

  4. Greg Havely Says:

    Hey Tony—gotta love the “Spot tracker”—like you said–we have kinda gotten used to it—-but it sounds like you are making great progress on your final leg around Ireland—-and meeting up with some great hospitality. The Dublin marathon is just over a month away when your legs will finally get a well deserved rest upon completion—good stuff!!!!!
    Be safe and enjoy the moment(s) ——Good running—-

  5. theworldjog Says:

    Wednesday 23rd finished in Ballybofey, 40km. Total 48,818km for 1,126 road days
    Thanks to Eileen for hosting us, Eileen is my MSB club mate Kieron Gallagher’s sister. Sligo for Friday and I have been told a big reception is expected by the local running club :)

  6. kevin scanlon Says:

    great work tony. the spot is moving along nicely………when it feels like it!!! hopefully their are a few nice days ahead. kevin

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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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