Guinness beer isn’t exactly the type of fuel you think of to start a cross-country journey. Despite all odds, a British marathon champion ran the width of Ireland in less than 24 hours, becoming the first person to accomplish the feat.
Robert Pope ran from the west coast of Ireland, starting in Galway City, to the capital of Dublin in just 23 hours and 39 minutes. The 44-year-old began his journey after finishing a pint of Guinness in Galway and finished his run the exact same way.
“The plan was to get to Dublin for a pint before the end of the 24 hours, and you’ll be glad to hear we did. We had a pint [of Guinness] at the start and a pint to finish,” Pope said.
The runner decided to take on the route on a whim only two months before accomplishing the feat as a way to raise funds for the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF). It was difficult to prepare for the 134-mile run in such a short period of time.
“I was meant to do an eight-week training programme, but obviously Glastonbury got in the way of that. I was also working, so it was probably just five weeks of ‘Yeah, I’m happy with that’ training,” Pope said.
Pope has found other creative ways to run long distances. In 2018, he paid homage to Forrest Gump by running more than 15,000 miles across the United States. He completed the route over 422 days and created a book about his journey.