World record attempt

Submitted: Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 at 09:05
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379klm in 3 days 8hrs 37min

That does not sound to hard in a vehicle, but try to run that far.

It can be done but try doing it on sand.
Add a few sand dunes, about 1000 and just to make it interesting add some hot daytime temperatures.

John Howe is attempting to beat this time, running across the Simpson desert nonstop.

He will start on the 18th March, just a few days after the Simpson desert is open and will run across the desert on the French Line. Starting his run at Alka Seltzer Bore and finish at the Birdsville Pub. (Alka Seltzer Bore is about 9klm west of Purni Bore.)

Good luck John,better you than me.



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Reply By: Member - Outback Gazz - Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 at 10:30

Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 at 10:30
Geez - And I thought I did stupid things !!



Hope it all goes well for him !


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Reply By: Hairy (NT) - Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 at 12:10

Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 at 12:10
I hope he's not towing a trailer and cutting up the track!
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Follow Up By: rags - Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 at 15:15

Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 at 15:15
No trailers just 8 support vehicles that left Richmond this morning
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Follow Up By: rags - Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 at 15:17

Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 at 15:17
that would be Richmond NSW [oh for an edit button]
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Follow Up By: Member - VickiW - Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 at 20:48

Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 at 20:48
Not the 4WD wedding entourage I saw yesterday then.
That is seriously amazing, I do a bit of running to keep fit & tried it in the Simpson last visit(one afternoon) - very hard work.
Does he have a web site we can see his progress?
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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Monday, Mar 11, 2013 at 19:29

Monday, Mar 11, 2013 at 19:29
@ VickiW,

Hi

Link to his website is in the first post of this thread.

Cheers
Greg
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Reply By: Member - Joe n Mel n kids (FNQ - Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 at 18:44

Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 at 18:44
i get the part about putting the pub at the end of the run, that part would make me run over deserts and dunes just in case i miss closing time hahahaha..
Good luck guys
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Follow Up By: Hairy (NT) - Monday, Mar 11, 2013 at 20:21

Monday, Mar 11, 2013 at 20:21
Yep....It would be the only draw card for me too!!! LOL
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Reply By: Member - Barry P (VIC) - Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 at 19:52

Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 at 19:52
i believe michael dillon will be doing the camera work and making , a doco,have seen some of his past documentarys,realy good,have a look at them,bye barry
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Reply By: Wilko (Parkes NSW) - Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 at 20:16

Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 at 20:16
I hope he lowers the pressures in his shoes and walks on all 4's we dont want to cut up the track by high pressures or 2 foot drive ; )

Cheers Wilko
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Reply By: mike g2 - Monday, Mar 11, 2013 at 12:02

Monday, Mar 11, 2013 at 12:02
Is it a fund raiser as well? there are some really good and amazing athletes out there.good on him for a try, it would be a toughie. I used to think the occasional european/japanese tourist on a loaded push bike in middle of nullabor was nuts, somehow they love it! oh..the saddle sores!!
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Follow Up By: Gaynor - Monday, Mar 11, 2013 at 20:57

Monday, Mar 11, 2013 at 20:57
Super cool :-)

Perhaps next he might go for the Canning Stock Route runners record.

1996. Ultra marathon runner Dave Holleran, ran the Canning Stock Route in 24 days, 10 hrs, 42 mins, shaving 8 days off Drew Kettles walking record of 32 days. Dave's run was supported and over the shorter distance of 1770km.

http://www.walkthecsr.com/the-canning-stock-route/walkers-runners-and-hitchhikers

Only one day slower than the fasted unsupported cyclist, Russell Worthington.

It would be amazing to see a running/walking event on the Canning Stock Route. I bet the Aborigine would love to take that record for their nation.
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Follow Up By: rags - Monday, Mar 11, 2013 at 21:41

Monday, Mar 11, 2013 at 21:41
I believe he is also raising money for a para or quad research fund,i think there maybe something on his web site mentioned in 1st post which also has a facebook page that will have his progress plotted
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Reply By: Gaynor - Monday, Mar 11, 2013 at 21:00

Monday, Mar 11, 2013 at 21:00
Sorry for repetition - I posted this under a follow up first by mistake.

Super cool :-)

Perhaps next he might go for the Canning Stock Route runners record.

1996. Ultra marathon runner Dave Holleran, ran the Canning Stock Route in 24 days, 10 hrs, 42 mins, shaving 8 days off Drew Kettles walking record of 32 days. Dave's run was supported and over the shorter distance of 1770km.

http://www.walkthecsr.com/the-canning-stock-route/walkers-runners-and-hitchhikers

Only one day slower than the fasted unsupported cyclist, Russell Worthington.

It would be amazing to see a running/walking event on the Canning Stock Route. I bet the Aborigine would love to take that record for their nation.
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Follow Up By: Gaynor - Monday, Mar 11, 2013 at 21:03

Monday, Mar 11, 2013 at 21:03
Oh, and Dave, Russell and Drew ARE ALL AUSTRALIAN!!!!

As a nation you are all just as crazy as the rest of the world!

:-)
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Follow Up By: Gaynor - Monday, Mar 11, 2013 at 21:06

Monday, Mar 11, 2013 at 21:06
Or perhaps you just have your rebels too .... :-)
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Reply By: Gaynor - Monday, Mar 11, 2013 at 23:30

Monday, Mar 11, 2013 at 23:30
Had difficulty finding where the link was to the website in the first post. Now see it as John Howe underlined. Wonder if it is possible to make this more noticeable for challenged individuals such as myself? I thought at first is was the posters signature not taking into account that it differed from the screen name of Wayne (NSW).

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Reply By: Kilcowera Station Stay - Tuesday, Mar 12, 2013 at 09:40

Tuesday, Mar 12, 2013 at 09:40
Just had the support crew staying here overnight. 7 very well set up 4wds with plenty of signage on them - they've got a lot of sponsors. Good luck to John, hope he breaks the record! Cheers Toni
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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Sunday, Mar 17, 2013 at 19:27

Sunday, Mar 17, 2013 at 19:27
Just a reminder that John starts his run on Monday 18th March. He has a Spot tracker so it will be possible to follow him on his record breaking attempt.

John Howe



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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 19:20

Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 19:20
An update on Johns progress

After a early start this morning John has just passed the Colson Track intersection with the WAA line. He is about 6hrs 30min ahead of record time. I estimate that to be over 60 klm.

The sand is very soft and it has been hot. 42deg at 6pm.


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Follow Up By: Gaynor - Thursday, Apr 04, 2013 at 16:28

Thursday, Apr 04, 2013 at 16:28
So sorry to read he had to pull out. Chest pains. But at least he never had a full on heart attack in the middle of the desert.
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