Tired? No way :- ) Jesper Olsen’s Guest Blog.

Below please find a guest blog entry penned by my great friend Jesper Olsen who is a two times world runner. Jesper arrived on Tuesday and will run to the finish on Monday.

49,865.8km  for 1,151 road days. Wednesday 22nd Wexford to Gorey 42km.

I have calculated the 50,000km down to the precise metre for the run to finish at the finish line of the marathon at 3.05pm on Monday.

Thursday, Gorey to Rathdrum via Arklow

Friday, Rathdrum to Bray via Rathnew

Saturday, Bray to Fitzwilliam Place = DCM start line.

Sunday  is a rest day.

Monday Dublin City marathon from 1 Fitzwilliam Place to Merrion Square North.

Tuesday ….. ZZZZZZ   Sleep :)
Tired? No way :- )   By Jesper Olsen.

Today I had the great pleasure of running with Tony Mangan – by the way  being the first time that two world runners has met!
Tony did his best to convince me that the 4 years and more than 49 800kms of his run has left him extremely tired. A slight limp was a good attempt to make me believe it but I know this strong Irish runner too well: He ran with me the entire way across Ireland during the last stages of my first world run (2004-2005) and we have met at world championships on 24hours etc.
So surely he couldn’t be marked by a few years running around the world… And it turned out he wasn’t!
After about 5 hours of running Mr. Mangan suddenly broke into a sprint at a long downhill and left the rest of us in the dust. I think it goes to prove that no matter how tired an ultrarunner can be – there will always be extra resources hidden; waiting ready to surprise anybody who says “You cant do this/that”. Tony can and it will be a pleasure to join him on the rest of his run to the finish at Dublin Marathon on Monday 27.th. October.
Out on the road Kevin, who was also running with Tony today, and I luckily caught up with him before the finish, 42kms down the beautiful course through the green farmlands near the Irish East coast.
At the start of the day we had also had company by James who kindly had sponsored the entire team’s accommodation at Whitford House Hotel in Wexford Town yesterday night. And the team…. was completed by holistic legs recovery practitioner Michael Gillan who has been involved in both my world runs and whos helped me at several 6day races is in Tony’s crew in Ireland and also in Australia. Same is Siobhan who I met for the first time, and turns out to be one of the most efficient crew-coordinators I’ve experienced in 15 years of competitive ultrarunning!
I’m sure it will be a Joy to be in the company of these people the next weeks time : – )
And tonight we are happy to say the Ashdown Park Hotel in Gorey have given Team Mangan 2 rooms and dinner and breakfast in their fantastic hotel.Thank you Paul Finnegan, General Manager. and Duty Manager Stephen Larkin.
PS:  I of course also have more sinister plans with joining Tony: Its part of my training for the 6day Race in Florida next month. And what better way to do that than by running with ‘The Mile Machine’ Mr. Mangan!
/Jesper Olsen.

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2 Responses to “Tired? No way :- ) Jesper Olsen’s Guest Blog.”

  1. kevin scanlon Says:

    well done Jesper. lovely words about all involved with Tony. lets hope for lots of downhill sections between now and monday……………kevin

  2. Ann Says:

    Amazing to think 2 world runners together running to finish line of Dublin City Marathon. Welcome Jesper and with all the team looking after you both its looking good. Take care :-)

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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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