An early review from the editor of my book.

An advance review from my editor, Dr. Bob Rich for ” The Irishman who ran around the world: Part One. The start and all of the Americas.
Btw, If anyone is looking for a highly professional and polished editor look no further than Dr. Bob Rich! His sharp eye for detail, spotting my many mistakes and wise suggestions have been an enormous help to me.
I learned a lot, had fun and yes I did manage to get a discount, without even asking! A true professional who is also very reasonably priced!

Dr. Bobs review:
” I’ve had the honour of editing this book for Tony. In my youth, I was a distance runner myself, though nowhere near his league, so I can appreciate the courage, determination and commitment he needed to invest in his world run, and earlier achievements like his two 48-hour run world records. Few people have the physical and mental capability to achieve what he has. It is an inspiration.
However, he inspires me in another way, one that he will probably find surprising. Most people habitually “pull” certain reactions from others. I know a young man who finds that, wherever he goes, males react to him with aggression, even men who are otherwise peaceful and gentle. A lady is always mothered, helped, supported by everyone, although she is highly competent and rarely needs mothering. She was the baby of her family and the only girl…

Well, as you’ll find when you read his amazing story, Tony “pulls” generosity, decency, acts of kindness and compassion.

He actually asked me if readers might see him as something of a conman for getting discounts and free handouts everywhere, and should he tone that down in his account. I told him, no, feature it, because if everyone got others to behave the way he manages to, we would have a better world.

Early on in the story, Tony explains that he likes slow travel like walking, cycling or running because you get to meet the locals, and it’s people that make the world. You can also meet the locals with him, share his amazing journey, without needing to put runners on yourself.

Dr. Bob Rich


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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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