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Last Road Day Before The Marathon!

Saturday the 25th October will be the 4th anniversary of the run and also my very last road day! I am hoping as many people can run or cycle as possible, Tour de France style, the work has been done so lets have a leisurely run into the capital for the last road day :) Sunday a rest day. The world run will be only completed when my foot hits the finish line in Merrion Square North at 3.05pm on Monday, Yes folks, I am slow, I hope there will still be people there at the finish line!!

For further information text Siobhan Clifford at Blue Bubble Marketing 087 2931029 or email siobhanclifford42@gmail.com

Happy to finish, sad its over as someone remarked a few weeks ago.

The plan is to run from the Wilton Hotel Bray at 10am to the Dublin marathon start line in Fitzwilliam Street Upper.

Press HERE to see my route Bray, Shankill, Ballybrack, Killiney, Dalkey, Monkstown, Blackrock,  Booterstown,Donnybrook, 1 Fitzwilliam Street Upper.

Total to date 49,939km for 1,153 road days

Friday 23rd my last full day on the road was very enjoyable Once again I ran the 38km with Jesper Olsen. Making the trip from Arklow was Kevin Scanlon. Also my host from last night Paul Mahon who ran with me in Colombia for  a couple of days back then. Also running today were Gary Seery who came from Dublin, Sheamus running his second day, Sheamus will be running the marathon, Good luck mate you have been a great help.

A few nice women :) also turned up and  ran for an hour or so.

More great crewing by Siobhan Clifford of Blue Bubble Marketing and Michael Gillan my Aussie crew man who came over for the finish.

In the afternoon Gerry Duffy turned up also and ran about 5km

Irish Times athletics journalist and long time follower of the blog Ian O’Riordan dropped by for a natter just as Kevin and Siobhan made a display of a few of the flags we will be parading at the end of the marathon on Monday. Yes there will be a 41 flag parade of the 41 countries run :)

Thanks to Kevin Scanlon for organizing the flags!

We just happened to be running by a golf course and saw an abandoned sofa so decided on a picnic. I did the interview sitting on the sofa and then Ian ran about three km with us

A great day we even met an Irish mountain bike Olympian from 2004 called Jenny. When I sang a rendition of The Killers hit ‘ Jenny was a friend of mine ‘ she told me she was married!!!!!

 

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6 Responses to “Last Road Day Before The Marathon!”

  1. Ger Says:

    Tony

    At what point on Monday is spot going to get to swim in the Liffey ??

    Ger

  2. Greg Havely Says:

    HAPPY-SAD-HAPPY-SAD——-soon to just be history—-great story—good friend—Tony, you are truly one of a kind—there are no molds left to make another–so we must celebrate this unconventional event that you have presented us with!!!!—–See you soon—-GOOD RUNNING
    Greg

  3. Kevin Carr Says:

    Happy 4th anniversary Tony!

    enjoy today the last ‘road day’

    as you say no rush, champs Elysees Tour de France style!

    what an adventure!

    happy running both yourself, Jesper and hopefully
    many people who join you these last 2 days.

  4. Ann Says:

    Enjoy the last road day Tony, many kms and days to get to this point. Take care :-)

  5. Kevin Ryan Says:

    Well done again Tony. It’s been a great experience following you over the last four years and even better running along side you for a few k. Looking forward to reading the DCM installment (and the book).

  6. Theo Says:

    Glad to see that you’re finally starting to sing about things more important than running. And, fortunately, Jenny’s a wise woman.

    Great, great job

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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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