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Thanking so many people for their amazing help on the lap of Ireland!

Thanks to so many people for their help and support on the lap of Ireland!

This is just a preliminary thank you message to everyone that helped and was of assistance on the lap of Ireland!

Thanks to my main sponsor North Pole Marathon and friend Richard Donovan CEO of Polar Running Adventures. Please see website HERE

Great Outdoors, UVU, On Running, to Ash in Runways, John Buckley Sports in Cork. Drymax Socks, Chariot Carriers.

Thanks to Siobhan Clifford of Blue Bubble Marketing for great crew work and logistics support in Ireland and also England.

Thanks to my Aussie support driver Michael Gillan for coming to Ireland for the last two weeks to lend his hand to crew and his world famous remarkable athlete leg recovery help.

Start of the last road day. Depart from the Wilton Hotel in Bray. Thank you for the complimentary stay!

To Kevin Scanlon for ongoing help and logistic support during the run and for organizing the flags for the end of run parade on marathon Monday

Thanks to each and every host and for all the businesses that waived charges.

Thanks to marathon race director Jim Augney for his enthusiastic support  of my world run plans within my city marathon.

Thanks to Jesper Olsen my two times world runner friend for coming over to Ireland to run the last week with me, this was so special. Also to my long time friend and great supporter of the run Greg Havely for making the trip from Portland Oregon.

To Kiyan who emailed to say he heard about the run on radio in Newcastle and though not a runner he was inspired to come over from England and enter his first marathon :)

Greg Havely, USA and Kiyan of Iranian origin handshake my 2 favorite countries

Thanks to all the hotels for their very generous accommodation and meals for both me and Siobhan and later for Jesper and Michael.

Last but by no means least thanks to each and every runner for your great efforts in coming out to run with me. Many runners had to juggle their school runs, took time off work or got babysitters! Even those that barely managed a kilometre are so much appreciated and I can see Jesper Olsen nodding his head as we both experienced year long stretches during South America without any runners to run with.

Hope I have not left anyone out, if so I will correct.

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7 Responses to “Thanking so many people for their amazing help on the lap of Ireland!”

  1. john clarke Says:

    well done on completing your run.

  2. Brian Terry Says:

    Congrats Tony, 4 years have flown eh? I’m looking forward to reading ‘The Book’!

    Brian

  3. Ann Says:

    Congratulations on finishing the World jog today Tony, an amazing achievement and your dream lived and has become a reality for you. Well done and fairplay to everyone who helped you achieve your dream. 50,000 kms completed and 41 countries run. Unbelievable accomplishment :-)

  4. Phil Wharton Says:

    Well done Tony, it was a pleasure to run a few k’s with you in Wexford. Really looking forward to the book, you’re an ambassador for Ireland!
    Phil Wharton.

  5. stewart & bernie cochrane Says:

    many many many hearty congratulations to you tony on completion of your world jog!!!
    we still talk about and remember fondly your time with us here in Newfoundland!!!

    again

    congratulations and well done

    all the best

    stewart and bernie cochrane
    pasadena
    newfoundland
    canada

  6. Serena Says:

    Congratulations ring on your amazing achievement! You are truly unbelievable!!

  7. Ercan Küçükaslan Says:

    So glad.. Congrats Tony..

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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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