The final footsteps of my 50,000km run around the world

Richard Donovan kindly presented me with a mapped poster of the run. This is a copy I presented to Michael Gillan


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Hi everyone I am having a pleasant days rest after all the drama of finishing the run yesterday. Having lunch with Michael Gillan who as you know was my Australian support driver. Michael also came over for the last two weeks on the road in Ireland.

Just when I wondered if I had taken the final steps of my running career Richard Donovan CEO of North Pole Marathon and Polar Running Adventures presented me with a complimentary entry to the North Pole Marathon. Richard assured me it is a return trip so I don’t have run home :)

Below is a link to RTE news marathon coverage begins at 11,20 on the RTE player.

Press on the link for my final footsteps taken with my family. Exactly 50,000km run and not a metre more!


Richard Donovan presents me with a framed mapped poster of the run and a RETURN entry to April's North Pole Marathon

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8 Responses to “The final footsteps of my 50,000km run around the world”

  1. Carl Says:

    Massive congratulations on finishing your World Jog Tony, still seems like yesterday that I left you at the Interislander terminal. Would have liked to have been at the finish to see you but have since moved back to NZ.

    Take care and maybe see you if you ever make it back to NZ


  2. pj browne Says:

    brilliant gesture by Richard Donovan. Well done to all.

  3. Alan Says:

    Well done Tony!!! Amazing achievement!! When is the book/documentary out?!
    Amazing stuff, hope you enjoy the glory and relaxation.

  4. Ann Says:

    Great photo and fantastic keepsake of the world jog for the wall to admire in years to come :-)

  5. Fergus Desmond Says:

    Hey Tony huge congratulations on accomplishing your lifelong goal. Hope you take a long long rest before you tackle the North Pole!

    Enjoyed our wee run together in July and if you’re over on the east coast of the U.S. again let me know.

    Thanks to Jesper for his book and look forward to yours soon.

  6. Serena Says:

    North Pole marathon what an exciting finish to your wonderful journey! Giving you something else to look forward to! You are never without a challenge! Well done Tony!

  7. Jude Zebedee Says:

    Massive Congratulations, Tony. What an achievement! I doubt you remember, but we met on a roadside near the Colombian/Ecuadorian border – me on my bike, you in your trainers. I don’t know who was more surprised to see whom! I’ve been back 2 years now and have just booked a ticket to Chile to cycle down through Patagonia and back up to Brazil. Enjoy your well-earned rest and buy some new thermals for the North Pole! Best Wishes, Jude Zebedee aka “Big Bird on a Bike”

  8. Andrés Montero Says:

    We all in the County of Ahuacatlán Nayarit México Knew about the Tony´s Great Run finish.

    His Memorial race will be and A-ONE in the Worldwide elite record ever done.

    Receive best wishes Tony and our admiration, respect, joyness with you and yours in Ireland, this great and brave country.

    We will keep the Honor about you and the inspiration legend on you Historic Run arround THE WORLD¡¡


    Andrés Montero Flores
    Ahuacatlán Nayarit; México.

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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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