Richard Donovan

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Currently Chairman of UltraRunning Ireland, became the first runner in the world to run a marathon at both the North and South Poles in 2002 and has run in some of the most unforgiving climates and challenging geographies in the world, including the Sahara Desert, Mount Everest, the Inca Trail and the Amazon jungle.

The World Marathon Challenge was a project to promote awareness of the problems in Darfur, Ethiopia. Richard set a new record in February 2009 by completing 7 marathons on 7 continents in a time of 5 days 10 hours and 8 minutes.

7 Continents

Antarctica, Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, South America and Australia.

Planned Schedule

  • 31 January: Arrive in Cape Town from Antarctica at 06:00 (6 hour flight). 4,200km
  • 31 January: 18:10 leave Cape Town for Dubai (9.25 hour flight) 7,620km
  • 1 February: Arrive in Dubai at 05:35.
  • 1 February: 16:30 Leave Dubai for London (7.45 hour flight) 5,475km
  • 1 February: Arrive in London at 20:15
  • 2 February: 09:00 Leave London for Toronto (8:20 hour flight) 5,730km
  • 2 February: Arrive in Toronto at 12:20
  • 2 February: 23:55 Leave Toronto for Santiago (10.40 hour flight) 8,585km
  • 3 February: Arrive in Santiago at 12:35
  • 3 February: 23:05 Leave Santiago for Sydney (18:15 hour flight) 11,365km
  • 5 February: Arrive in Sydney at 07:20. Finish Australian Marathon at 14:00