In 2007, Robert Garside “The Runningman” was officially honoured by Guinness World Records as the first and only person ever to have run around the world.
It was a record-breaking journey across six continents that began in 1997 at India Gate in India’s capital, New Delhi and an odyssey through some of the most important historical events of our time.
Carrying little more than a map and a small backpack, he ran. Ran and ran through towns, cities, up mountains and across rivers and deserts, in a quest to conquer the last sporting milestone.
On the 30,000-mile journey, The Runningman’s path crossed with many interesting characters―some who offered help and wisdom―but as he soon learned, not everyone had good intentions.
The Runningman endured swarms of flies and deadly snakes in Africa, treacherous blizzards and avalanches in The Himalayas and infection in The Amazon Jungle, to name but a few adventures.
His run became legendary and by 2003, after six long years on the road, The Runningman arrived back at the starting point at New Delhi, India and earned a place in sporting history.
The rest, as they say, is history!
Reuters: “Runningman” makes it into record books at last
Getty Images: Robert Garside Becomes The First Authentic World Runner
Associated Press: Robert Garside completes Asian leg of long distance run
CNN: Runner trekking around world crosses into United States
BBC News: Running Man Achieves World Record
Hello! Magazine: First man to run around the world comes full circle
Globo: Britânico dá a volta ao mundo. Correndo!
New York Post: Around-World Runner Honoured
CBS News: For The Record
CBBC Newsround: Man’s record run around the world
Die Welt: Ein Brite rennt um die Welt
Sydney Morning Herald: Around the world in 2040 days
Kronen Zeitung: Brite ist einmal um die ganze Welt gelaufen!
Daily Telegraph: Briton is first to run around the world
New Zealand Herald: Running feat into records book
Berliner Morgenpost: Marathon Männer
Newspusher: Robert Garside completes his record run around the World | 1 | 2 | 3
Stern: In 50 Paar Turnschuhen um die Welt
Affaritaliani: Altro che Forrest Gump
Corriere Della Sera: Record, il giro del mondo di corsa
VG Nett: Løp jorden rundt på seks år
EMOL: Británico se convirtió en el primero en dar la vuelta al mundo corriendo
Der Spiegel: Brite läuft sich ins Guinness-Buch
Kölnische Rundschau: „Runningman“ kommt ins Guinessbuch
ITN: British Forrest Gump in record books
Pravda: Briton runs 48000 km around the world setting Guinness Book record
Metro: Briton becomes first person to run around the world
TalkTalk: Robert Garside Becomes The First Authentic World Runner
China Foto Press: News
Agence France-Presse: Briton is first man to run around the world
Süddeutsche Zeitung: Brite rannte um die ganze Welt
The Scotsman: Around the world in 2066 days
Schwäbische Zeitung: Ein Brite rennt um die Welt
Der Spiegel: Der 36-jährige britische Jogger über seinen Lauf um die Welt
See Media Coverage