— The Route —
Stage by stage details
The Earth circumference is 40,000km and covers a mix of land and water masses. The sum of the maximal width of all continents is 26,232km I have been told and that is how the distance to qualify for a run-the-world has been set. There you go!
CABO DA ROCA
From Portugal (Cabo Da Roca) to Turkey (Bosphorus)
(7,806km, Dec 2019 – Jul 2020)
The first continent crossing is Europe. The run starts in Cabo Da Roca, Portugal, the most Western point of Europe.
Tom Denniss previously started his European crossing from this point. This is fitting to my journey, as I will start in December and try to avoid extreme cold temperatures found further North in Europe at this time of year. I will follow the coastal route of Portugal, Spain, Southern France, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Albania, Greece and finish the run in Turkey, where the Bosphorus marks the junction between Europe and Asia.
From Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) to Singapore
(400km, Aug 2020)
I will then cross the Malay Peninsula, from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore. This does not qualify as a continent crossing and I include this section in my run for the main purpose of visiting a place dear to me, where I lived for 7 years and lots of my friends are based, Singapore.
From Perth to Port Macquarie
(5,092km, Aug 2020 – Jan 2021)
The second continent crossing is Australia and probably the most daunting of the whole journey. I will be running from Cottesloe on the West coast of Perth, to Port Macquarie on the Eastern side. The route involves some long segments of desertic and unpopulated land, which will require some support. Carrying enough water and food to go through these long stretches alone would be possible but very challenging.
New ZealandNEW ZEALAND
From Invercargill to Auckland
(1,758km, Jan 2021 – Mar 2021)
The next stage will be a run across New Zealand from South to North. Similarly to the Malay Peninsula portion, this part of the run does not qualify as a continent crossing. NZ has been on my to-go list for a long time and this is my best chance to discover this beautiful faraway land from end to end.
North AmericaUNITED STATES
From Seattle to New York
(6,019km, Mar 2021 – Sep 2021)
The third continent crossing is North America. Starting from Seattle, I will follow a route oscillating between the US and Canada and intend to finish at City Island, NY on the East Coast.
From Chile to Uruguay
(3,486km, Dec 2021 – Jan 2022)
The fourth and final continent crossing is South America. Starting South of Chile in Acund, I will work my way North towards Valparaiso, then cross the Andes towards Argentina, finishing my run in Montevideo Uruguay.
North Africa & Europe FinishPORTUGAL
CABO DA ROCA
From Agadir (Morocco) to Portugal (Cabo da Roca)
(1,680km, Dec 2021 – Jan 2022)
I will then set foot in Africa, for a short crossing of Morocco, to rally Gibraltar via Tangiers. A final leg in Portugal will take me back to finish where I started, in Cabo da Roca Portugal.