Dave Alley and a crew member celebrating after he broke the around Australia record at 1:51am this morning. Photo Contributed
Dave Alley and a crew member celebrating after he broke the around Australia record at 1:51am this morning. Photo Contributed Contributed

Dave Alley beats "around Australia" record

DAVE Alley has re-written history overnight by breaking the around the country record on his epic Race Around Australia 2. 

At 1.51am Dave reached the key mark of 13,383km in 169 days, 15 hours, and 31 minutes, breaking the record of 174 days, set by Pat Farmer in 1999.

Dave reached the record point at the corner of the New England Highway and Barley Fields Road approximately 4km north of Uralla.

It was a very emotional time for the whole Race Around Australia 2 team, the crew said on the David Alley Race Around Australia Facebook page.

"It is difficult to put into words what we have seen from this incredible human being over the past 5+ months," a spokesman from the crew said.

Dave Alley heading into a Western Australian sunset on his Race Around Australia 2. Photo Contributed
Dave Alley heading into a Western Australian sunset on his Race Around Australia 2. Photo Contributed Contributed

To add to the occasion, the first man to run around Australia, Ron Grant was there for the moment. 

He still needs to complete the loop back to Lismore, approximately 400km away, and is expected to complete the journey this weekend.

If Dave completes the journey, he will be the first man to both run and cycle around Australia - Dave's original Race Around Australia in 2011 saw him bike around the country. 

Dave's Race Around Australia 2 is raising money and awareness for the White Cloud Foundation, which supports the many Australians living with depression and anxiety.

To find out more, or to donate, visit www.racearoundaus.com.au or the David Alley Race Around Australia Facebook page.

Dave Alley after hitting the 10,000km mark on his Race Around Australia 2.
Dave Alley after hitting the 10,000km mark on his Race Around Australia 2. Dave Lees


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