Apr 19, 2022

Some interesting photos today, to go with the blog posts from Slovakia and Hungary nine years ago. We were travelling with friends from Australia at the time and it was a lot of fun, as you’ll note from the photos.

As for my current running, I’ll be doing that over the coming eleven days from the much hotter Western Australian town of Karratha. We’re here visiting our daughter, Grace, and her family. It will be a nice break from the routine of my normal running, although the heel problems will limit my enjoyment.


Apr 17, 2013


Distance today = 50.83 km; Total distance = 19,565.49 km; Location = Orkenypuszta – 47 39.297′ N, 17 48.235′ E; Start time = 0916, Finish time = 1724


Back on the road today, and this time with my mates Dave and the Hud. It was warm again, in the low 20s. But let me firstly fill you in on the past day or so.

We met up with Jo, Dave, Sue, and Greg (The Hud) on Monday night in Vienna, and spent the next morning with them, looking around the city. We then all travelled to Bratislava, in Slovakia, yesterday afternoon. Last night we had a great evening in this, the smallest capital city in Europe. It has a long history, and a wonderful “old town” area, where we enjoyed various local beers and wines. Some of these were in odd shaped glasses, like boots. Have a look at the photos, and you’ll see what I mean. It was a great evening.

This morning, I travelled with the guys to my finishing point from Monday, and headed off in the direction of Budapest. Both the guys ran about 21 km with me. They were very pleased to get half marathons under their belt on the first day.

It was a very flat day, some of it on cycle paths, but a lot of it wasn’t. It was not the easiest day of running, but the guys did well.


Apr 18, 2013


Distance today = 51.05 km; Total distance = 19,616.54 km; Location = Tatabanya – 47 35.069′ N, 18 23.937′ E; Start time = 0903, Finish time = 1747


It just keeps getting hotter. Today the temperature reached 27.6C, according to my thermometer, and I had been keeping it in the shade. And the skies were completely blue all day. It looks like our friends have brought some Australian weather with them.

The only downside to the day was the roads. It’s always difficult to know whether a road will be busy, when all you have is a line on a map. Today we struck little in the way of cycle paths, and the roads were too busy for it to be a truly enjoyable day of running. All the same, one of the guys was with me all the way, with Dave running 32 km, and The Hud doing 23 km (at times they were both running with me). The girls met us at various places along the way, and prepared a lovely lunch that we ate on a picnic bench.

Dave and I struck a rough patch after lunch, when we ended up on a very uneven dirt road that was extremely hard on the feet. We even had to crawl under a fence at one stage, when Google Maps led us up a tractor path next to a row of grape vines.

Now, just for a little background – the three of us running today are the original core members of the MRA – the Maroubra Runners Association, a running club formed by The Hud in early 1983, to help us train for the inaugural Australian Marathon. Who would have thought, from those humble beginnings of 30 km training runs on Saturday mornings ahead of a scrambled eggs brunch with the girls, that the same three guys would now be running through the countryside of Hungary, meeting the same three girls for meals along the way?


Apr 19, 2013


Distance today = 59.02 km; Total distance = 19,675.56 km; Location = Budapest – 47 29.966′ N, 19 02.365′ E; Start time = 0827, Finish time = 1806


I chalked up a couple of milestones today. It was my longest run in more than a year – since April 3, 2012. I have also now passed the 75% mark of the run. Only one-quarter to go.

But I wasn’t the only one to achieve something today. While The Hud ran 20 km with me, Dave broke Chook’s record for the furthest anyone has run with me – he did 39 km today. Chook won’t be pleased, but he still holds the record for the greatest cumulative distance, with over a hundred kilometres.

Last night we met a local ex-Scot, Don Dawson, and his 17 year old daughter, Yolanda. Don is a very keen ultra-runner, and will be doing a 55 km race tomorrow. Yolanda had just finished 8th in the Hungarian national cross-country championships yesterday. She was very pleased.

This morning, Don came out and ran the first 8 km with Dave and me, before running back. It was good to get some inside knowledge as to the quietest route to take. The pace was a bit slow for Don, but it will do him good, given his race tomorrow.

It was a very long day into Budapest, but it was worth it, as it will give me more time to enjoy and explore the city. The temperature reached 31C, according to my thermometer – such a contrast to recent months.