Wednesday 22 May 2019

Irishman completes 50,000km run around the world as he crosses Dublin marathon finish line

Home is the Hero- Tony Mangan returns home to Dublin after his Jog the World Odyssey. Photo: Tomas Greally- sportsfile.com
Home is the Hero- Tony Mangan returns home to Dublin after his Jog the World Odyssey. Photo: Tomas Greally- sportsfile.com

The completion of today's SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon marks the end of a remarkable journey for one Irishman.

Tony Mangan embarked on a challenge to run around the world four years ago and at around 3pm today, his lifelong ambition was fulfilled.

The Dubliner crossed the line in today's Marathon in a time of 06:08:30 completing a mind-boggling journey that has seen him run 50,000km in the last four years.

The finishing line of the 2010 SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon was the starting point for Tony's journey.

The day after the 2010 Dublin Marathon Tony ran across Ireland as far as Dunquin, Dingle; the most westerly point in Ireland.

He then set off to Jog the World on a trip that would take him across North America, South America, Australasia and Asia, before returning to run through Europe last June.

27 October 2014; Barry Minnock, Rathfarnham AC, who finished as the second Irish finisher in the men's race and Eoin Flynn, Rathfarnham AC, left, who finished as the third Irish finisher at the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2014. Merrion Square, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
27 October 2014; Barry Minnock, Rathfarnham AC, who finished as the second Irish finisher in the men's race and Eoin Flynn, Rathfarnham AC, left, who finished as the third Irish finisher at the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2014. Merrion Square, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
27 October 2014; Laszlo Barkoczi, Republic of Ireland, on his way to finishing the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2014. Merrion Square, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
27 October 2014; Thomas Buggle, Lucan Harriers A.C, and his three year old son Oisin on their way to finishing the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2014. Merrion Square, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
27 October 2014; Ian Cawley, Republic of Ireland, on his way to finishing the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2014. Merrion Square, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
27 October 2014; Colm Dempsey, Republic of Ireland, on his way to finishing the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2014. Merrion Square, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
27 October 2014; Eoin Flynn, Ireland, right, celebrates crossing the line as Thomas Cornthwaite, from Lanchashire, England, catches his breath after the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2014. Merrion Square, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
27 October 2014; Danoli Flood, Republic of Ireland, on his way to finishing the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2014. Merrion Square, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
27 October 2014; Thomas Buggle, Lucan Harriers A.C, and his three year old son Oisin on their way to finishing the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2014. Merrion Square, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
27 October 2014; Participants make their way up Fitzwilliam Place at the start of the Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2014. Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
27 October 2014; Barry Minnock, Rathfarnham AC, who finished as the second Irish finisher in the men's race and Thomas Cornthwaite, Rathfarnham AC, right, who finished as the third Irish finisher at the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2014. Merrion Square, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
27 October 2014; Emmanuel Orti, France, on his way to finishing the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2014. Merrion Square, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
27 October 2014; Gerard McNamara, left, helps Joe Dunny the last 100 yards to the finish of the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2014. Merrion Square, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
27 October 2014; Mark Redmond, Ashford A.C., Co. Wicklow, on his way to finishing the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2014. Merrion Square, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
27 October 2014; Maria McCambridge, Dundrum South Dublin A.C, on her way to finishing second in the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2014 with a time of 2:34:19. Merrion Square, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
27 October 2014; Wheelchair participants make their way up Fitzwilliam Place at the start of the Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2014. Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
26 October 2014; SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon Expo: The 31 members of the Hughes Family who are running the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon tomorrow and aim to smash the Guinness World Record for the ëmost family members to complete a marathoní. This is the 30th anniversary since eight of the Hughes brothers first broke the record back in 1984 and now the extended Hughes Family, including three of the original eight brothers, are aiming to reclaim this title, they have also raised over Ä45,000 for Irish Charity On the Road. Pictured are members of the Hughes family, back row, from left to right, Laura, Jennie, Joan and their mother Karen. Front row, from left to right, James, their father Owen, and Vincent. RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
27 October 2014; Participants make their way up Fitzwilliam Place at the start of the Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2014. Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
27 October 2014; Wheelchair participants make their way up Fitzwilliam Place at the start of the Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2014. Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
27 October 2014; Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke with participant Tony Mangan before the start of the Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2014. Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Pictured (l-r) at the Dublin City Marathon start line was Tony Donohoe from Lucan and now living in Celbridge decided to run in the Dublin City Marathon 2014 for the Irish Kidney Association and to honour the memory of his late father James who received a kidney transplant
26 October 2014; SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon Expo: The 31 members of the Hughes Family who are running the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon tomorrow and aim to smash the Guinness World Record for the ëmost family members to complete a marathoní. This is the 30th anniversary since eight of the Hughes brothers first broke the record back in 1984 and now the extended Hughes Family, including three of the original eight brothers, are aiming to reclaim this title, they have also raised over Ä45,000 for Irish Charity On the Road. Pictured is Annie Hughes taking a selfie with all the members of the Hughes family. RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
27 October 2014; Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke with participants Tony Mangan, second from left, with his grandson Alan Owens and daughter Fiona Collins, all from Limerick, before the start of the Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2014. Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
27 October 2014; Participants make their way up Fitzwilliam Place at the start of the Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2014. Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
Pictured warming up for the Dublin City Marathon in support of organ donation and to raise money for the Irish Kidney Association were Anthony Fitzpatrick from Drumcondra (running to create greater awareness about the importance of organ donation), Ernesto Antonio from Galway (celebrating 15 years since receiving his life saving heart transplant) and Karl Cronin from Cavan (kidney transplant recipient). Picture Conor McCabe Photography.
27 October 2014; Participants, from left to right, Joy Tegart, Tania O'Neill, Roisin Coade and Gemma McGuirk, all from Drogheda & District A.C, before the start of the Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2014. Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
27 October 2014; Participants make their way up Fitzwilliam Place at the start of the Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2014. Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
Pictured warming up for the Dublin City Marathon in support of organ donation and to raise money for the Irish Kidney Association were Karl Cronin from Cavan (kidney transplant recipient) and Ernesto Antonio from Galway (celebrating 15 years since receiving his life saving heart transplant). Picture Conor McCabe Photography
Pictured warming up for the Dublin City Marathon in support of organ donation and to raise money for the Irish Kidney Association were Laura McCoy from Dublin, Gillian Quigley from Dublin, Liz Cope from Kildare and Colette Miele from Dundalk. Picture Conor McCabe Photography
Pictured (l-r) at the Dublin City Marathon start line was Anthony Fitzpatrick from Drumcondra, Dublin reasons for running in the Dublin City Marathon are to raise funds for the Irish Kidney Association and create greater awareness about the importance of organ donation. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.

It was a gruelling journey by any standards for the 57-year-old Liberties native, who said in his Irish Runner interview of four years ago: "The World Jog is not something thought up overnight over a few pints. It has been incubating in my mind for 20 years and has grown into an absolute monster. I feel like I am a prisoner of this idea and ambition."

Even before he set off, Mangan was no stranger to adventure. Long before he became a runner, he set off around the world on a bicycle at the age of 21, inspired by Dervla Murphy's travel classic, Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle.

Mangan ran his first marathon in Dublin in 1986, finishing in 3:09 after just five weeks' training. He pared that marathon best time down to 2:38, but it was only after emigrating to Colorado in 1994 that he discovered ultra-running and realised that the longer the distance was, the more competitive he became. His ultra-running CV is hugely impressive.

He set world-best distances for 24 and 48-hour treadmill running at the 2003 Dublin Marathon and reached an ultra-running pinnacle four years later when breaking the world indoor 48-hour running record in the Czech city of Brno.

He completed 426.179 km in that race, running for 47 hours and walking just 750 metres.

Mangan, who runs with Metropolitan St Brigid's Athletic Club in Islandbridge, is currently traversing the country on a solo run that is also a fundraiser for the AWARE charity. His route today takes him from Derry to Malin. He is receiving a rousing reception along his 1,600km route and hopes to complete his running odyssey in Dublin on Bank Holiday Monday, October 27.

Check out our exclusive SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon pullout in tomorrow’s Irish Independent with galleries, stories and the finishing times for all the participants.

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