Dave Alley clocks up 2500km on Race Around Australia 2
A LITTLE over a month into Dave Alley's epic run around Australia, he has clocked up 2535km - equating to a staggering 60 marathons in less than five weeks.
Dave and the RAA2 team are now deep into North West QLD, approximately 47km east of Mount Isa and only about 250km from the Northern Territory border.
His overall daily average is just over 78km per day, which at this early stage leaves him just above world record pace set by Pat Farmer during his Centenary of Federation Run in 1999, whose overall average was 76.91km per day for 13,383km.
After battling a left calf injury and multiple blisters during the 2nd and 3rd weeks, Dave's body now appears to have adapted somewhat to the daily grind.
Since turning off just south of Townsville, conditions have changed markedly.
From much heavier traffic volume but relatively cooling sea breezes of the Bruce Highway, the challenges have turned to road trains, flies, wind and dust.
Snake sightings have also kept Dave on his toes.
Temperatures have been recorded as high as 33 degrees in Julia Creek, but this is closer to 40 degrees on the black bitumen of the Flinders Highway.
The generosity of communities has been overwhelming, highlighted by the hospitality shown by the police and local community in Cloncurry yesterday - a real psychological boost to Dave and the crew.
Dave's run around Australia is in support of the White Cloud Foundation, which supports people suffering from depression and anxiety.
Help Dave reach his $100,000 fundraising goal by visiting the Race Around Australia 2 website and the"David Alley Race Around Australia" Facebook page.