Bob Brown is an ultra-distance runner who has won the “Run Across America”, which is a 3100 mile run from Huntington Beach, California on the West coast to New York on the east completed in 71 days (that’s the equivalent of running 2 marathons a day for 71 days!). This follows coming 7th in the 2001 Trans-Australia Footrace in which he ran 50 miles per day for 65 days in the middle of the Australian summer.
Before turning to running full time, Bob was a primary school teacher from Cornwall. Throughout the 90s he took part in Iron Man competitions and in ’95 took part in his first ultra-distance triathlon (7.2 mile swim, 336 mile cycle, 78 mile run) and came second. The following year he came sixth (he admits he over trained beforehand) and in ’97 entered what is considered to be the toughest race on the planet: World Deca-Ironman Championships in Monterrey, Mexico. This consisted of a 24 mile swim, 1120 mile cycle ride followed by a 262 mile run.
The race almost killed him, and due to sleep deprivation and an overdose of painkillers took a long time to get over both physically and mentally. 18 months later however he was back, breaking the record for cycling between Lands end and John O’Groats and back, then entering the Trans-Australia footrace.
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