Jun 8, 2014

I enjoyed a great run yesterday. At the invitation of my cousin, Karen (who ran several times with me toward the end of the world run), I met and ran with the Kembla Legends, the founders of the Kembla Joggers, one of the oldest running clubs in the state. These guys have been running up Mt Kembla every Saturday for 40 years. It was a tough and very hilly run, made even tougher by Karen’s fast pace over the 12 km. But it was exactly the sort of workout I needed.

I followed that up with a night at the Warilla Gorillas’ 50 year anniversary celebrations. That’s the football club I played with as both a junior and a senior. I met many old friends and reminisced into the early hours of the morning. A great night.

Tomorrow it’s back to speed work and sprints.


On This Day


Jun 8, 2012

Distance today = 55.33 km; Total distance = 7472.20 km; Location = Lidgerwood (North Dakota) – 46 04.307′ N, 97 09.165′ W; Start time = 0826, Finish time = 1647



Running all day through this heat is a killer. The mornings are fine, then the temps zoom up by another ten degrees around lunchtime. Tomorrow is again predicted to be in the mid 30s C.

I crossed the border from South Dakota to North Dakota today, bringing my total number of US states run through so far to nine. They will continue to mount thick and fast over the coming months.

Many readers may have noticed the new video – a TV news clip from KDLT in South Dakota. It’s a nice piece, but there is one inaccuracy I’d like to correct. I will not be the first person to run around the world per se. You may have read my previous mentions about a couple of guys – Jesper Olsen and Tony Mangan.

Jesper is, in my view, the first to truly run around the world. In 2004/05 he completed such a circumnavigation. I believe Jesper deserves recognition as the first. Since that first run he has embarked on a second world run, which he has almost completed.

Tony Mangan is, like me, currently involved in his own world run. Tony has chosen a course of his own design which, I have to admit, is incredibly comprehensive. He will take four years to run approximately 50,000 km through some of the most remote areas on Earth. While Tony is not adhering to any particular set of rules, his run will be the most complete and detailed circumnavigation of the world ever achieved when he finishes it in 2014.

There are others who deserve a mention, such as Rosie Swale-Pope, who ran around the northern hemisphere (Eurasia and North America) several years ago.