Apr 15, 2015

The preparations for publishing the book about my world run are continuing at a rapid pace. We have recently been deciding on which of the thousands of great photos of Carmel’s will make an appearance. There should be about fifty in total in the book. Remember, it’s in the book stores on June 29.

If you’d like to have a look at the Garmin track of my run in the Anzac Ultra last Friday, click on the following link. It represents the one entire 75 km lap I ran. The full versions of the race entailed two, four, or six laps.


It seems everyone is active at the moment. Kevin Carr just finished his world run, accompanied by Jesper Olsen during the final day. Tony Mangan has just completed the North Pole Marathon (yes, a full marathon run at the North Pole). And Richard Donovan, who I mentioned in January in regard to seven marathons on seven continents in seven days, will be starting a run across North America next month as training for a crossing of Antarctica on foot – the first ever to do so.

But I’d like to also bring your attention to a guy who is running and rowing around the world in the Southern Hemisphere. He will cross three continents on foot and three ocean in a row boat. Amazing stuff. He started last month on the island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean. You can follow his journey on the link below.



On This Day


Apr 15, 2012

Distance today = 56.93 km; Total distance = 5057.18 km; Location = Taos, New Mexico – 36 22.949′ N, 105 35.199′ W; Start time = 0910, Finish time = 1728



Another long day in the cold (it snowed on the mountains last night), with a really long hill thrown in after half way. After a brief one day respite at 1,800 metres elevation, I’m back above 2,100 metres again.

Most of the run was along the upper reaches of the Rio Grande, including a long section in the Rio Grande Gorge – quite spectacular.

Not much else to report. I’m now in the town of Taos, which has a long history. In fact, in 1760, Comanche Indians kidnapped sixty women from the town. Many years later, one of them found her way back to the town to be reunited with her son.

There are two Garmin reports today, as the watch battery gave out again – it does not like long days in the cold.


Apr 15, 2013

Distance today = 35.28 km; Total distance = 19,514.66 km; Location = Mosonmagyarovar, Hungary – 47 52.337′ N, 17 16.184′ E; Start time = 0819, Finish time = 1354


Awoke to a stunning day. Perfect temperatures and clear blue skies. Once again, I was running in shorts and a T-shirt.

I headed out of Bratislava and was soon in the countryside. It is incredibly flat here in the Danube Valley. About half-way through my run, I reached the old border station, between what was then Czechoslovakia and Hungary. It has been essentially demolished by vandals, with broken windows and holes in the walls. At that point, I had made it to the 14th country of my world run – Hungary.

I finished early in the town of Mosonmagyarovar. We picked up new Hungarian SIM cards, and then headed back to Vienna to meet Jo, Dave, Sue, and Greg. Remember, I will be having a day off from the world run tomorrow, catching up with them. I’ll resume on Wednesday, where I left off today.

There should be plenty of stories over the next week so, as our friends travel with us. The guys will be doing some running with me too. For those with good memories, you might recall that Greg, aka The Hud, ran with me on Day 1 of the world run, from the Sydney Opera House to Bondi Beach.