Lismore local Dave Alley runs into Lismore with his family after breaking the Australian record for running around Australia. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star
Lismore local Dave Alley runs into Lismore with his family after breaking the Australian record for running around Australia. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star Marc Stapelberg

Dave returns after his record-breaking home run

AFTER running around Australia record-breaker Dave Alley arrived back in Lismore yesterday where his 175-day adventure began.

Mr Alley has run 80 kilometres, close to two marathons, every day since April 19.

"I have never looked more forward to seeing that Lismore sign more than I did today," he said after arriving at Oakes Oval in Lismore.

"I won't lie, it was tough, the toughest thing I have ever done in my life.

"Second only to leaving these guys (his wife and children) at home, that was really hard as well. To see them today was really special I will never forget that."

Mr Alley said remaining in constant touch with supporters via social media had been crucial during his marathon effort.

"The support has been overwhelming, that is what has got me through," he said.

The messages of support, "made me get up very day and push on to get those 80 kilometres every day.

"A lot of blood, sweet and tears went into this. There were several times as we went around when it could have fallen apart.

"I had my fair share of setbacks and injuries but we got on with what we had to do."

Mr Alley completed the 13,383km milestone in a record 169 days.



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