- Posted September 15, 2013 by
In 622 Days Around The World
The father-of-two started his own business, has a PhD in mathematics and oceanography and is also a former teacher, lecturer and investment banker. Tom is also a former professional musician, having played to audiences in eight different countries, a former professional rugby league player, and an amateur artist.
But when it comes to his latest goal - beating the 662-day record of circling the globe on foot set by Danish man Jesper Olsen in 2005 - he reckons it's no big deal. Before attempting the run around the world, Tom had already racked up over 1200 consecutive days of running in average 15 km every day and participated in the Tour de France in 2007.
Tom, who ran the equivalent of a marathon every day for the past 20 months, finished the 26,232 km epic marathon journey.
In other words he has run the entire length of New Zealand, as well as across South America, North America, Europe, Asia and finally, Australia.
And while he admits it isn't easy to get up every day and just run for hours, he says it really isn't that hard once he gets into it and that anyone can do it if "we just put our minds to it.
"You just get used to it," he told "It's really not as hard as it seems and even when I'm feeling sore I just get out there and I soon find my rhythm."
However, he does admit to having some doubts about a third of the way into the journey when completing the task seemed almost impossible.
"I remember when I was only about 10,000km in and thinking I am only a third of the way in," he said.
"I just told myself to take one day at a time and now I'm almost there."
Tom says running has been the most amazing way of seeing the world and beats marathon racing any day of the week.
Besides, all the incredible experiences and places have been worth it, even the one where he nearly slipped off an ice cliff in the Andes and almost lost his life in the process.
"I was pretty lucky and managed to avoid slipping over there, although it was 50/50 for a moment," he said.
Oddly enough the Andes was one of his favourite runs as was travelling across the Nullarbor Plain.
So with all that running what exactly does someone who runs up to 50kms every day eat?
According to this 52-year-old, his diet really isn't that different and he insists he doesn't follow a special regimen.
"I really don't have a special diet at all," he said. "Since returning to Australia I've probably had more meat pies than normal but that's about it really."
However, he does admit to enjoying a beer and glass of red most nights with support crew and wife Carmel.
He adds he's had a lot of support along the way including from his two adult daughters Hannah and Grace who have also joined him on the road during various times on the run.
Arriving at the finish line, he completed more than 624 marathons, raising a sum North of $53,000 for Oxfam Australia in the process.
Now the Tom hopes to inspire others in the community to get out there and make a difference too.
With a website and strong social media presence supported by Asia Pacific Digital, Tom keeps his followers up to date with his journey while with his cause who can also track his exact location using the "Tom Tracker."
As for plans following his epic journey the founder of Oceanlix, a company he founded to convert ocean wave energy into electricity, he reckons he plans to put his feet up for a while and enjoy a cold beer.
But not for long - he plans on doing a week-long biking trip around Victoria soon after hanging up his runners.