Ultra-marathon runner Kevin Carr runs through Dunedin on
the New Zealand leg of his attempt to become the fastest
person to run around the globe. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
After running halfway around the world in a bid to set a
Guinness World Record for the fastest circumnavigation, the
only thing Kevin Carr is tired of is being pulled over by the
The 33-year-old personal trainer from Devon, England, has
been running up to 60km a day, pushing a ''cart'' filled with
up to 30kg of food, clothes, a tent and sleeping bag.
Unfortunately, the cart looks like a pram, which has alarmed
the public and police.
''I've had lots of police stop me because people keep
complaining about a man pushing a baby buggy alongside busy
While it had been awkward explaining his situation to police
officers - particularly those speaking foreign languages - it
was usually resolved when they found no baby in the cart.
To date, Mr Carr has run 15,000km across England, France,
Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland,
Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, Romania,
Bulgaria, Turkey, India and Australia - all with the aim of
raising funds for Red Cross and the mental health charity
Sane, and setting the world record.
He has gone through seven pairs of shoes - two of them to
His run started at Hay Tor, in Dartmoor, England, in July
last year, and he hopes to run more than 29,000km, west to
east, over six continents before September next year.
Jesper Olsen, of Denmark, was the first to attempt the record
in 2007, but did not qualify because his run was 2000 miles
(about 3200km) short of the prerequisite distance for the
He did it in 22 months.
Australian Tom Denniss did it in 20 months and 13 days but
was also short of the distance required.
''I should do it faster than Jesper but it would be very
unrealistic to break Tom's record.
''Guinness don't recognise their runs because they both did
about 16,000 miles [about 25,700km], but Guinness state you
have to do 18,000 miles [about 29,000km] to be recognised.
''I'll get it by default, because I'll be running that extra
Mr Carr started his New Zealand leg of the run in Queenstown
on June 7, and arrived in Dunedin at the weekend, just in
time to see his beloved England play the All Blacks at
Forsyth Barr Stadium.
While he was physically coping well with the journey so far,
he said travelling from India and Australia, where
temperatures reached 42degC in the shade, to New Zealand
where temperatures had dropped to as low as -6degC, had been
hard on his body.
''Basically, I haven't been below 25degC for four and-a-half
months. And then my first day in Queenstown, the temperature
was 4degC, -2degC with wind chill.
''My tendons were not liking it at all.
''It made me feel pretty sick, but I've got used to it now.''
Mr Carr camps out in the wild most nights and sleeping among
snakes, spiders, scorpions, bears and dingoes has been
''If you spend all night worrying about it, you lose sleep
and then you'll probably get run over by a road train,
because you're too drowsy to notice it coming.
''That's more realistic than being bitten to death by a
Mr Carr left Dunedin yesterday afternoon and hoped to reach
Auckland within the next month.
He will then run through North and South America and
ultimately back to his starting point in England.