What has gone before

Why do I think I can run around Australia?

There are a surprising number of extreme athletes out there; about 10 people (males and females) have run around Australia, and many more have run across – either east-west or west-east.

In fact, there are about a dozen people who have run around the world.

Yes, the world!

I don’t mean they’ve done a marathon race on all continents, or in dozens of countries (which has been done many times), I mean they start at point A and head across the globe and finish at point A. There are about 10 guidelines to qualify for a world run, some being;

  • cross every longitude;
  • run at least 50% of the distance;
  • cross four continents;
  • a minimum of 3,000kms on each continent;
  • cross two antipodes (opposite sides of the world);
  • and cover 26,232kms.

So, put that into perspective when you consider a paltry 15,000km run –  I’m not even leaving the country – but why do I think I can run around Australia? Solo?

Well, I’ve already done my ‘warm-up’.

Back in March 2017, I ran solo from Melbourne to Darwin for Beyond Blue. With no proper training, other than running to and from work, I covered the 3,700kms over 93 days. The same guidelines I applied then will be applied on my next challenge.
I’m not breaking records in speed, just covering the daily distance; I didn’t really  push myself  too hard simply because I needed to do the same thing each and every day.

This is why I’m confident of success … albeit this challenge is almost four times as long.

(oh, and my buggy – ‘Intrepid II’– will be vastly different!)

Some stats

The injuries sustained over that period were: one ant-bite (which later became infected), one blister (quite large) and a bit of chaffing.

I lost 11kgs – weighed 86kilos in Darwin.

Longest day was 63kms

Longest running streak (no rest) 26 days – 1075kms.

6 Comments

  1. Avatar Steve Popely on March 11, 2019 at 10:06 am

    Hey Andre,

    I saw you leave yesterday from the MCG on Sunrise and today in Pakenham, I was the fella on the white motorbike giving you a toot and a wave!

    A LONG road ahead mate but I personally wish you nothing but the best.

    I’ll donate to support the amazing effort you’re putting in!

    Reach for the stars
    Steve (Popes)

    SP 2 Stroke Motorcycle Parts & Imports

    • Andre Jones Andre Jones on March 11, 2019 at 11:14 am

      Hi Popes
      Thanks for the ‘toot’ and 👍🏽👍🏽
      Glad to have you aboard 😎🇦🇺🏃🏼‍♂️👍🏾

    • Avatar Bonnie on March 13, 2019 at 3:19 am

      Hi Andre,
      I heard your interview on ABC radio then read about you in the Age. I have been sharing your journey with my family, especially my 3 young kids as I think what your doing is very inspiring. Then to our pleasant surprise we saw you running into Traralgon as we were driving home from a family holiday in Merimbula! That was us tooting and giving you the thumbs up in the white car!!! Good luck. We hope you achieve your goal 😀

      • Andre Jones Andre Jones on April 17, 2019 at 11:24 am

        Hi Bonnie
        A very late reply here! 🥺
        Thank you very much. I hope your kids are inspired to do something extraordinary one day 🙃😊

  2. Avatar Marie on April 17, 2019 at 5:42 am

    Hi Andre! This is so admirable, well done, inspiring and truly extraordinary!
    May I ask about your buggy, “The Intrepid”: is it custom made? Are there other models? Where do you procure it from – if you did?
    Kuddos, all the best for your run – and looking fwd to your answer if you have time for it!
    Marie

    • Andre Jones Andre Jones on April 17, 2019 at 11:18 am

      Hi Marie
      Thank you for your message, kind words, and interest in the buggy – Intrepid II.
      I guess you can call it ‘custom made’ as there’s nothing similar.
      The chassis is a modified recumbent bike (from 3 wheels to 4). The body is a fibreglass shell from a HPV (basically a racing recumbent). I modified the shell, reducing its length from 3.5mto 1.3m, and it’s width to sit within the wheels, this way the buggy is only .66m wide and will fit through doorways.

Leave a Comment