Round the world runner arrives in Busselton

Suzanne AstonBusselton Dunsborough Times
Tim Frankling with Busselton Mayor Phil Cronin at the Busselton Jetty.
Camera IconTim Frankling with Busselton Mayor Phil Cronin at the Busselton Jetty. Credit: Supplied

He’s run for 433 days, averaging about 50kms every day and completing some 19,500km of his epic journey but ultramarathon runner Tim Franklin isn’t done yet.

Starting his round the world run in Brisbane on December 2, 2022 he has since travelled through New Zealand, the US, South America, the UK and Europe. And now Franklin is gearing up for the final stage of his remarkable 26,232km tour.

Before arriving in Perth’s 41C. heatwave last week he has had to deal with other extreme weather conditions including an unforgiving -11C. and running on snow laden roads in Eastern Europe

The elite athlete has also had to deal with the stifling humidity of Malaysia and Singapore, which tested his determination and resilience.

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In the coming weeks as Mr Franklin leaves WA, he is going to be completing a Nullarbor crossing in the heat of summer with potential temperatures of up to 45C.

The journey has been tinged with sadness, as during the American leg of his run Mr Franklin’s father passed away.

Mr Franklin returned to Australia to join his family and attend the funeral.

He is honouring his father’s memory by continuing his epic journey and remembering his dad’s words “Go and get that bloody run done”.

“I embarked on this global run to challenge myself both physically and mentally but also to make a difference in the world to get people out and get moving.

“Losing my father has been a profound moment in this journey and I’m even more motivated to run for those who can’t and support causes that make a meaningful impact, such as the three charities we’re raising funds for,” he said.

The round the world run is raising funds and awareness for charities that are close to Mr Franklins heart.

They are the Red Bull Wings for Life (for spinal cord research), the not-for-profit Inspiring Brighter Futures which is dedicated to assisting underprivileged children, and the Lung Cancer Foundation of Australia.

When the Times caught up with Mr Franklin he was just 15km north of Busselton and making good progress, despite the intense heat.

“When I look back at how far I have come it’s like a really weird holiday.

“I’ve been through 17 countries on five continents and it has been a remarkable experience.

“Running up and over the Patagonian Andes was just incredible, it is one of the most beautiful places imaginable,” he said.

Mr Franklin expressed immense gratitude to the people that have helped and explained that his run could not have progressed to date without the solid support crews that have been with him throughout.

The final leg of Franklin’s extraordinary journey will culminate in Brisbane, bringing the adventure full circle under the global rules of the World Runners Association.

You can follow Tim Franklin’s inspiring journey on social media — Tim Franklin on Facebook; @timmyrfranklin on Instagram — and follow his Strava journey via .timrunstheworld.com.

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