Jul 20, 2017

Not long now till I leave for Europe to cycle. We start in Italy from Milan’s Malpensa Airport on Monday. I’ll update the blog as often as I can, which should be most days.

In the meantime, I’ve kept the running fairly brief. I still have  soreness in my right Achilles. I’m sure it will disappear as I start the cycling, because I’ll only be doing a few kilometres of running each morning, prior to the riding.

As promised, here’s the wrap up from the Big Red Run. The morning after the long day, we had an easy untimed 8 km romp into Birdsville. Most people walked it, including me, running just the final bit. We finished to the cheers of the crowd, and were immediately given an ice cold beer with which to celebrate. Lots of congratulations ensued, along with photos. My tents mates, David Barnard and Duc Do and I had photos taken together, along with many other people. BTW, David did very well on the long 84 km day, placing 5th, which put him in 5th place overall as well.

After a couple of beers, we all headed back to our rooms for a much needed shower (we hadn’t had a shower for six days, despite running 250 km in that time). Strangely enough, I didn’t smell any BO on anyone, probably because the extreme dryness precluded the growth of the bacteria that BO thrives on.

Then it was back to the pub for lunch. Carlo and Wilson attempted the Birdsville Volcano Burger. If you finish it, they put your photo on the wall. Only five people have ever managed to eat it, so hot is it. Carlo was doing really well, but pulled the pin with about a quarter of the burger to go. But Wilson managed to eat the lot, and now his photo is on the wall of the pub.

Several of us then had a nap for an hour or so, followed by reconvening at the pub for a couple of hours. Then it was down to the community centre for the race presentation and dinner. Race presentations aren’t always that interesting, but this one was great. As I’ve mentioned before, the organisers did a fantastic job, and that included right up to the presentation at the end. I was really pleased to get up on stage to receive my award for 3rd place overall. It was a great honour.

Where would we go after that, other than back to the classic Birdsville Pub. Celebrations went on till about 3 am, and some of the runners were in much worse state at the end of this night than at any stage during the run – well done particularly to Paul, for an outstanding performance. The next day the majority of us headed home, by plane or bus. It was a truly memorable experience, and I thank all the other runners, volunteers, and the organisers for those memories.

I’ve probably forgot something or someone I’d like to mention, so I may add snippets in days to come.

Finally, all runners are likely to be interested in the following study. I recommend you click on the link. I definitely found it interesting.


And, as usual, let’s conclude with a photo from the world run. This photo was taken at the house of my good mate (and Chairman of my sponsor, Asia Pacific Digital), Roger Sharp, just outside Queenstown in NZ. I’d just finished my first day of running in NZ (2nd day of the world run), and Roger and I were celebrating with a few beers (later with some good red wine). The following few days Roger and his wife Christine, along with kids, Tim and Katie, accompanied us on bikes along the Otago Central Rail Trail while I ran.



On This Day


Jul 20, 2012

Distance today = 51.55 km; Total distance = 9454.27 km; Location = Kankakee, Illinois (10 km south of) – 41 02.834′ N, 87 53.960′ W; Start time = 0933 Finish time = 1755



Maybe I’ve just picked busy roads to run on, but the traffic in Illinois appears to be heavier than anywhere else I’ve been to so far in the US. And the roads had no shoulder, so I found myself running on very uneven gravel off the side of the road. Not the most enjoyable conditions for running.

The weather was better though, as the temperature was down on recent days. I was very pleased to chalk up over 51 km, as I was feeling tired at the start.

I’d like to again thank Sissy and Bob for hosting us these past four days. They are such great people, and we thoroughly enjoyed our time in Chicago, due in large part to them and the boys. And Sissy makes a fantastic chicken salad, which she provided us with today for lunch. It hints strongly of a Waldorf salad, with celery and walnuts, but is much tastier.

A big birthday hello to Jo and to Vinnie, both of whom share their birthday with the anniversary of Neil Armstrong walking on the moon.

I discovered today that my new Garmin watch automatically saves the data and begins a new activity whenever you connect it to the recharger. I did so in the car today at lunchtime, not realising this fact, which means today’s run is split into two data sets. I will only recharge it during the day in future if there is a high probability I won’t get through the day on a single charge.


Jul 20, 2013

Distance for today = 30.23 km; Total distance = 23,451.27 km; Location = Streaky Bay, SA (30 km south of) – 32 56.905’ S, 134 28.096′ E; Start time = 0818, Finish time = 1236


Just a short run, ahead of the Pewter Mug Day.

Some history on the PMD. School friends, Bill, Tony, Ren, and myself, all received pewter mugs for our 21st birthdays. Ever since, we’ve tried to get together once a year to drink beer from our mugs. We have met at many different locations, but Streaky Bay is one of the most unusual. Unfortunately, Ren couldn’t make it this time, but we decided to go ahead anyway.

I’m sure you’ll hear more about it in tomorrow’s blog. I know it’s a bit of a risky strategy, getting on a bender when I have to run again tomorrow, but I reckon I’ll handle it OK. After all, a world run is about adventure and having fun – it’s not an elite athletic race.

Chook and Silvia bid us farewell this morning. It was great having them along. After his herculean effort yesterday, he has now run a total of 262 km with me, which is pretty much exactly 1% of my total journey. We’ll now see how Dave and The Hud respond.