Real-life ‘Forrest Gump’ runs the entire width of Ireland in 24 hours – Times Now

Real-life ‘Forrest Gump’ runs the entire width of Ireland in 24 hours  Times Now

Robert Pope

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KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • At about 10:30 PM on a Saturday night, Robert Pope finished his bottle of Guinness and dipped his feet in the Atlantic Ocean near Galway City, Ireland to start his eastward run.
  • According to reports, he arrived at Dublin, on Ireland’s opposite coast, 23 hours, 39 minutes and 215 km later.
  • By doing so, he became the first-known person to run the width of the island in under a day.

Unlike regular runners, marathon runners can push through their limits by withstanding long periods of running while conserving their energy. It’s a skill that requires years of dedicated practice.

The next level of runners is known as ultra marathon runners. They can meet just about any long distance running standards and targets and boast of above-average overall health.

We are talking about ultramarathon runners because one of them has set a new world record by running the width of Ireland in under 24 hours.

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The runner from the UK drank a pint of beer before starting his run, according to a UPI report.

At about 10:30 PM on a Saturday night, Robert Pope finished his bottle of Guinness and dipped his feet in the Atlantic Ocean near Galway City, Ireland to start his eastward run.

According to reports, he arrived at Dublin, on Ireland’s opposite coast, 23 hours, 39 minutes and 215 km later.

By doing so, he became the first-known person to run the width of the island in under a day. Pope drank another pint of Guinness after completing his nearly 24-hour-long run. In the process, he also raised over $3,300 for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

“I actually was surprised when I just couldn’t find any record of anyone having done it,” he told ‘As It Happens’ guest host Paul Hunter.

Pope has been an ultramarathon runner for years. But his rich experience didn’t make the recent run any less challenging.

He once quit his job to attempt the route shown in Forrest Gump. He did complete the 25,000 km route in 422 days to set a new Guinness World Record for the fastest marathon in film character costume (male).

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Pope sported Forrest Gump’s unkempt and bearded look and was even dressed as the iconic cinema character.