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I’m aiming to become the fastest man around the world. Trouble is I’m not a 6ft block of raw explosive muscle and I’ve never even been to Jamaica let alone trained with their sprint team – truly the fastest men on the planet. But you see that’s not a problem – I don’t want to be the fastest man ‘over 100 meters’ anywhere around the world. I’m literally aiming to become the “Fastest man around the world” – all of it, a true circumnavigation of our planet, 18,000 miles of running – not just 100m!
It’s a real monster of an expedition, requiring I run 1.25 marathons a day, everyday for over 18 months!
Why would someone want to run around the world?
Well I see this expedition-length run as the ultimate test of endurance. Endurance is the measure of ones ability to endure the pain, discomfort, fatigue and mental strain that comes through pushing yourself beyond your limits. A loop around the planet is the furthest we can possibly run.
I have a massive urge to tackle that challenge, I can’t fully explain why, other than I truly believe I can do this, and If I don’t try, then it’s a waste of talent and something that I’d regret for the rest of my life.
I have a built in need to push myself as far as possible, it’s in my nature, and if I succeed in my aims, then I’ll truly be one of the best in the world at what I do. To me that’s a no-brainer?!
The expedition starts and finishes on Dartmoor, Devon, Uk and will see me crossing five continents, literally dipping my toes in one Ocean – running East across the continent to the opposite coast line, and jumping into a completely different Ocean.
- North America
- South America
The route also briefly touches both the Arctic Circle and Africa.
On average I will have to eat 8000 calories a day, about the amount needed to feed a family of four for the day. This equates to six years of food in just 18 months, even then I’ll still drop around 3-4 stone!
Eating that much isn’t fun, it goes beyond ‘pigging out’ on your birthday or Xmas – eat all you can see, it’s actually hard work eating that much and not being sick!
As well as cooking a huge amount of varied food all over the word, and in the process hopefully discovering some of the best ‘one-pot meals’ in 6 of the world’s 7 continents!
I aim to highlight how difficult life is for Refugees, and raise funds for the Red Cross disaster relief team who help them – I’ve chosen to test myself, by constantly moving and towing a trailer with my home and belongings inside.
Refugees haven’t chosen to move – they’ve been forced, and if they stop they’ll likely be killed, raped and or tortured – the worst I’ll receive if I quit is egg on my face!
Snakes, Spiders, Scorpions, Bears, Dingos, Elephants, Food poisoning, Malaria, Dysentery, packs of stray dogs, Muggings, being ran over-flattened by a truck or a road train, freezing to death in my tent at -30 degrees in the Eastern European Winter, or collapsing of heatstroke and dying of dehydration running across one of the Driest deserts of Australia ‘the Nullarbor’
That’s just a few things I’m scared of, then there is the fear of injury and or just failing!
The biggest fear though would be to fail through not even starting – just being scared of being scared! That would be the worst.
The run began Sunday 28th July: www.hardwayround.com
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Kevin Carr Is a World Record breaking Athlete, Adventurer, Motivational Speaker and Coach
He is currently writing the book:
– Confessions Of The Fastest Runner Around The World
An incredible true account of one of the greatest expeditions of all time.
The scale of this challenge didn’t go unnoticed – Kevin was awarded a place on the 2015 ‘Happy List’ – envisaged as an antidote to the ‘rich list’, the Happy list celebrates the inspirational heroes and heroines whose kindness, ingenuity and bravery makes Britain a better place to live. He also set two – World Records:
The Fastest Man Around The World
Kevin Who lives Devon, England – the UK – is available internationally for Motivational Speaking and currently has very limited availability for Online-Coaching .
The 9th of April 2015, Kevin Carr reached Haytor Dartmoor – the exact same spot that he’d left some 621 days earlier. Continually running Eastwards he ran coast to coast across four continents and one sub continent- closing a loop around the world.
Running 16,300 Miles through 26 countries he ran the equivalent of 622 full marathons. Twice entering the Arctic region, running and camping in temperatures as low as -31 Celsius, he climbed the Andes Mountains some 12,000ft high and ran through Canyons facing scorching temperatures well over 50 degrees Celsius. Unsupported – this entailed pushing various carts (at times weighing more than his own body weight, when food and water provisions had to be carried across the desert)
It’s impossible to grasp the enormity of this expedition – to try to put it into scale, let’s compare it to a well known expedition- hiking to the North Pole – This mainly consist of walking, very slowly for approximately six weeks.
The world run expedition – entailed running (not walking) for 88 weeks vs Walking for six weeks the two are barely comparable.
Kevin is currently writing the book:
How do you build the unstoppable?
– That’s the question Kevin Carr faced when he decided to attempt one of the toughest expeditions of all time.
In 2015 Kevin became the first person to SOLO the world
The strategies Kevin implemented in order to be able to – single handedly take on the world ( Running a 16,300 Mile circumnavigation of our planet across five continents – with no support crew) combined with lessons learnt and refined on the road – is what he shares with your team when you hire him to speak at your next event.
How do you build the mindset and physical stamina (in your spare time) necessary, to be capable of literally ‘Taking on the world?’
How do you build unstoppable determination – yet remain flexible enough to rapidly handle unforeseen hurdles along the route. (Flooding, changes in border control laws, wild dogs, bear attacks etc!)
Can you honestly think of many things more daunting or demanding than running more than a marathon a day every day for more than 600 days straight, in temperatures ranging from -31C to plus 55C?
Easy – Imagine facing the mental stress of sleeping rough? Hiding in your sleeping bag or tent behind hedges, under bridges or on the side of roads in Arctic, then later Desert climes? Imagine having to do this in dozens of countries where you can’t understand the local tongue.
Cultivating the habits necessary to handle stress and continuing to perform at your peak under such conditions is the cornerstone of success in any expedition and any great challenge we face.
You can enquire about booking Kevin Here.
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“I’m currently the fastest man around the world, one of the strongest endurance athletes of my generation. This isn’t the result of winning the genetic lottery – until the age of 15 I was the smallest pupil in a mixed school with over 1,200 pupils, noticeably underdeveloped for my age. During college I became clinically depressed – after receiving medication since proven to be completely unsuitable for adolescents (increasing suicidal idealisation by over 400%) – I made a very serious attempt at my own life, I was very fortunate to survive.
When you hire me to speak at your school I share with your pupils – the strategies I used to rebuild my self confidence, then develop the physical and mental strength necessary to become the first person in History to literally ‘take on the world’ solo”.
Kevin believes fees for schools – set by speakers Bureaus are out of the reach of the majority of schools. As such he developed the ‘Multi-School-Speaker-Program’ this enables you to book a truly inspirational speaker for your school or college for a tiny fraction of those set by the Bureaus.
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Online Coaching with Kevin Carr
Every runners schedule and life commitments differ greatly, most of us have to fit our running goals around many other responsibilities, that’s why cookie-cutter programs found in magazines will often fail to get you into race shape.
In-fact they’re more likely to get you injured if you follow them as if written in stone, running a ‘hard session’ when you know you’re feeling stressed/tired or under the weather, just because ‘day 5’ of ‘week 9’ was scheduled as an interval-session… Well, that’s just asking for trouble!
Your training needs to be planned with your goals in mind, it has to fit around your schedule and commitments , most importantly it must at times be rapidly adjusted in order to avoid over-training or under recovery, this is where having someone adjust your training plan on a weekly or even twice weekly basis can really shine – injury prevention.
We’re all guilty of occasionally pushing too hard too often, most of us don’t need a coach screaming at us, demanding that we push harder, but rather someone to give us permission to take a ‘guilt free’ easy day or even an easy week – in order to fully recuperate and consolidate our our training stress – then move forward both fitter and stronger.
“When you’re crazy passionate about your running ambitions, it’s ever so easy to constantly worry and second-guess your training plan, not just when making the plan but during sessions . . ‘Should I be pushing faster . . . Should I be running slightly-slower but longer intervals. . Should I train doubles or longer singles etc? This leads to unnecessary stress and can wind up stealing the fun out of running!
In my experience most runners when not sure if they should push harder or focus on recovery will nearly always decide to push harder – often facing weeks of feeling fatigued and weak as a result, severely restricting their potential in the process”.
I focus heavily on strength training, and injury prevention alongside well structured progressive endurance training – the strength training not only makes you a more economical runner but it makes you far more resilient athlete, training consistently without injury is a must if you want to reach your potential.
During the world run expedition I covered the equivalent of 622 marathons back-back with zero ‘over use injuries’ this wasn’t a lucky fluke but the result of years of running-specific-strength training, designed to strengthen not only muscles but tendons and ligaments also.
How does online coaching work?
First we’ll have a consultation call in order to really clarify your goal/s, your past experience and your current level of fitness – we’ll then discuss how realistic your goal is and what level of support you will require to reach this in the timeframe you desire.
We will then plan and adjust your training sessions on a minimum of a weekly basis, communicating via e-mail and or voice message, occasionally I may require you to send short video clips of your training.
Depending upon which level of support you choose we will also have Skype calls either once monthly or twice monthly.
There are 3 levels of support available depending upon how much communication you require:
Contact: Email/voice message support up to twice per week
$150 set up fee/consultation
Suitable for the more advanced/experienced runner with a history of few injuries.
Contact: Email/voice message support up to three times per week
$150 set up fee/consultation
Most Suitable package for the majority of recreational runners looking to push their performances to the next level.
Contact: Email/voice message support up to five times per week
$150 set up fee/consultation
Package most Suitable for a runner really pushing towards a big PB/event.
All coaching requires a minimum commitment of 3 months
Athletes committing to 6+ Months coaching will receive a 10% discount
Please note coaching availability is currently extremely limited, to see if it’s possible to begin coaching with Kevin please use the contact form here.
This Russian man just rode a hot air balloon around the world in 11 days
Russian balloonist Fedor Konyukhov has set a new world record for the fastest hot air balloon trip around the world. The 11-day journey, which began on July 12, took the 64-year-old adventurer from Australia, over New Zealand, across the Pacific Ocean, South America, the Cape of Good Hope, and the Southern Ocean. Upon landing near his starting point on Saturday, July 23, Konyukhov’s crew announced his journey had broken the time record for round-the-world balloon trips.
The previous record was held by American balloonist Steve Fossett, who flew around the world in 2002 in a hot air balloon on a journey that lasted 13 days. Fossett, who has since passed, was the first person to make a solo balloon flight around the globe. Despite taking a longer route, Konyukhov’s journey beat Fossett’s record by two days.
Related: High-flying solar balloon farms could harness the sun’s energy miles above the clouds
Konyukhov spent the lonely journey hunkered down in a tiny gondola, surrounded by the 30 steel cylinders of propane gas needed to fuel the balloon’s burner on its 21,636-mile journey around the world. He documented the adventure with periodic updates to his website. Along the way, the balloonist endured an Antarctic wind storm with temperatures as low as -69F, flying up to 33,000 feet elevation at times.
After 11 grueling days in the airborne gondola, Konyukhov was reunited with family and friends after touching down outside the small town of Bonnie Rock in Western Australia on Saturday. His son, Oscar, told Australia’s Seven News that the trip means several world records for his father. “He beat the speed record, the distance record and he will be the first person to fly solo, non-stop around the world from the first attempt,” he said shortly after the historic landing.
The landing was open to the public, and many who watched Konyukhov touch down were allowed to help deflate the balloon by walking across it to squeeze out the air. Incidentally, some who witnessed the landing walked off with parts of the balloon and Konyukhov’s crew has published a plea for members of the public to return their ‘souvenirs’ so that the balloon can be put on display in Moscow. Missing parts include the balloon’s valve mechanism and solar panels, which the crew insists can be returned with no questions asked.
2. Chicken and Dumplings
I think I've made chicken and dumplings three times in the last month. It is so delicious and so simple to make!
You'll need 3-4 precooked chicken leg quarters (roasted or poached, both are fine). Shred all the meat off the bones.
In a large pot, saute an onion, 1 cup of carrots and 1 cup of celery, all chopped. Add a teaspoon of thyme and salt to taste.
After the vegetables start to soften, add ¼ cup of flour and cook, stirring, for a minute. Add 3 cups of chicken broth and bring to a simmer.Mix in the shredded chicken.
Over the top of the mixture drop in premade biscuits from a tube, or biscuits made from a mix (I like to use Trader Joe's Buttermilk pancake/biscuit mix). Cover the pot and simmer for 15 minutes, enough time to allow the dumplings to steam through. Hello, dinner!
Mark Beaumont Breaks Men’s Around the World Record
Mark Beaumont, a guy from Perthshire, broke the world record for cycling around the world on September 18, 2017. This 34-year-old man started his ride in Paris, where he also finished it after riding 18,000 miles in just 79 days.
In order to set this record, he needed to ride approximately 240 miles every day and sleep for a maximum of five hours each night. To maintain the 240-mile average, he needed to spend at least 16 hours on his bike every day.
This is not the first time he set the same world record. Namely, in 2008, he achieved the same thing and did it in 194 days, which was the world record at the time. This time, he broke the most recent world record of 123 days by 44 days.
All of this would not have been possible without a team of experts that followed Mark and helped him out during his ride. They prepared him food, gave him massages, provided accommodation, and took care of navigation. Nonetheless, he had to cycle every mile of the trip by himself.
He had two falls during the trip, but that did not stop him from successfully completing the ride one day before the deadline he had set for himself.
16th century Edit
- The 18 survivors, led by Juan Sebastián Elcano, of Ferdinand Magellan's Spanish expedition (which began with 5 ships and 270 men) 1519–1522 westward from Spain in Victoria. After Magellan was killed by Raja Lapu-Lapu off the Philippines on 27 April 1521, the circumnavigation was completed under the command of the Basque Spanish seafarer Juan Sebastián Elcano who returned to Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Spain, on 6 September 1522, after a journey of 3 years and 1 month.  These men were the first to circumnavigate the globe in a single expedition.  : 169
- The survivors of García Jofre de Loaísa's Spanish expedition 1525–1536 including Andrés de Urdaneta westward from Spain. None of Loaísa's seven ships completed the voyage, but Santa María de la Victoria reached the Moluccas before being wrecked in a Portuguese attack. Successive chiefs of the expedition (Loaísa, Elcano, Salazar, Iñiguez, De la Torre) died during the voyages. Andrés de Urdaneta and other fellow men survived, reaching the Spice Islands in 1526, to be taken prisoner by the Portuguese. Urdaneta and a few of his men returned to Spain in 1536 aboard Portuguese ships via India, the Cape of Good Hope and Portugal, and completed the second world circumnavigation in history. One of the four survivors was Hans von Aachen, who was also one of the 18 survivors of Magellan's expedition, making him the first to circumnavigate the world twice. expedition against the Spanish Main 1577–1580 westward from England in Golden Hind discovered the Drake Passage but entered the Pacific via the Strait of Magellan first English circumnavigation and the second carried out in a single expedition. Drake was the first to complete a circumnavigation as captain while leading the expedition throughout the entire circumnavigation. 1580–1584, westward from Spain. 1586–1588 westward from England in Desire. 1585–1589, eastward from Spain (via Macau, China, and Acapulco, Mexico) to become the first to circumnavigate the world eastwards and first to use overland routes in his circumnavigation. 1584 (or 1585)–1590 eastward from Portugal from Lisbon to India, Malacca, Macau (China) and Japan. Gama crossed the Pacific at a higher northern latitude was taken prisoner in Mexico and carried in Spanish ships to the Iberian Peninsula. One of the first to go eastwards, mostly by sea.
17th century Edit
- The survivors of the expedition of Jacques Mahu 1598–1601 westward from Holland Of Mahu's five ships only one returned.
- The survivors of the expedition of Olivier van Noort 1598–1601 westward from Holland Of Van Noort's four ships only one returned. Florentine merchant 1594–1602 westward from Italy travelled across the American continent overland, through Panama. All Carletti's other travel was by sea until he ended in the Netherlands he travelled from there overland back to Italy. Carletti was perhaps the first to travel all legs as a passenger, not as a ship's officer or a crew member. Carletti described his journey in his autobiography, "My Voyage Around the World", translated into various languages. 1614–1617 westward from Holland. and Jacob Le Maire 1615–1617 westward from Holland in Eendraght Discovered Cape Horn and the first expedition to enter the Pacific via the Drake Passage. and John Hugo Schapenham 1623–1626 westward from Holland. 1670–1679 eastward from Spain the first maritime circumnavigation including significant travel overland. (English) 1679–1691 westward from England. 1693–1698 eastward from Naples the first tourist to circumnavigate the globe, paying his own way on multiple voyages, crossing Mexico on land.
18th century Edit
- (English) 1703–1706.  (English) 1703–1706.  (English) 1708–1711 with the Duke and the Duchess He rescued Alexander Selkirk on Juan Fernandez on 31 January 1709. Selkirk had been stranded there for four years. (English) 1708–1711 First person to circumnavigate the world three times (1679–1691, 1703–1707 and 1708–1711). 1740–1744 in HMS Centurion. 1764–1766 in HMS Dolphin. and Philip Carteret 1766–1768 in HMS Dolphin and HMS Swallow Carteret had served on Byron's expedition. Dolphin was the first ship to survive two circumnavigations. 1766–1769 On board was Jeanne Baré, disguised as a man, the first woman to circumnavigate the globe first French circumnavigation. 1768–1771 in HMS Endeavour The first circumnavigation to lose no personnel to scurvy. 1772–1774 in HMS Adventure (Furneaux was a veteran of Byron's expedition.). 1772–1775 in HMS Resolution. and Nathaniel Portlock 1785–1788 in Queen Charlotte and King George respectively early pioneers of the Maritime Fur Trade between the Pacific Northwest and China. 1786–1788. 1787–1790 first American circumnavigation. (American maritime fur trader) 1794–1796 in Union first sloop of her size and rig to sail around the world. 
19th century Edit
- 1795–1803 in Montañés, flagship of a Spanish Navy [squadron. and Yuri Lisyansky 1803–1806 the first Russian circumnavigation. and Mikhail Lazarev 1819–1821 the first circumnavigation mostly between 60° and 70° S, discovered Antarctica and the first islands south of the Antarctic Circle. 1826–1827 as part of her assuming the role of the flagship of the South American station squadron, from England via Cape of Good Hope, Burma, Australia and Brazil, returning to England via the Caribbean. , 3 September 1826 – 8 June 1830 from New York by way of Cape Horn, visiting the Hawaiian islands in 1829 and Macau in 1830. Her return voyage was made by way of China, the Philippines, the Indian Ocean, and the Cape of Good Hope. After nearly four years, Vincennes arrived back in New York under Commander William B. Finch.  Two days later the ship was decommissioned. 19 August 1831 – 23 May 1834 Commodore John Downes commanding, departed New York for the first Sumatran Expedition via the Cape of Good Hope, and returned via Cape Horn to Boston. 1831–1836 in HMS Beagle with Charles Darwin.
- Sir George Simpson 1841–1842 made the first "land circumnavigation" by crossing Canada and Siberia. May 1844 – September 1845 commanded by Captain John Percival.
- The paddle sloop HMS Driver 1845–1847 first steamship circumnavigation.
- The first Galathea expedition 1845–1847 first Danish circumnavigation. 1845–1851 Discovered Herald Island in the Bering Straits while searching for the Sir John Franklin Expedition.
- The screw frigate Amazonas 1856–1858 first Peruvian circumnavigation. 1857–1859 first Austrian circumnavigation. 1864–65 only Confederate ship to circumnavigate. Captain James Iredell Waddell. 1865–1868 aboard Numancia first ironclad warship circumnavigation "Enloricata navis que primo terram circuivit". 1881 first monarch to circumnavigate the globe. 1889-1890 one of the first female journalists to solo circumnavigate the globe at the record-breaking 72 days. 1892–1894 aboard Nautilus first training ship circumnavigation. 1895–1898 first single-handed circumnavigation.
20th century Edit
- The Great White Fleet 1907–1909 first fleet to circumnavigate the world. 1921–1925 second single-handed circumnavigation. , HMS Repulse, and the rest of the Special Service Squadron 1923–24 in the Empire Cruise, a tour of the British Empire after World War I. 1932–1937 third single-handed circumnavigation, first person to circumnavigate solo twice (1921–1925 and 1932–1937). and Irving Johnson 1934–1958 sail training pioneers, circumnavigated the world seven times with amateur crews. 1942 single handed circumnavigation of the southern oceans, including the first single handed passage of all three great capes. 1960 USS Triton first underwater circumnavigation. 1964 USS Enterprise, USS Long Beach, and USS Bainbridge first circumnavigation by an all-nuclear naval task force. .
- Sir Francis Chichester 1966–1967 first single-handed circumnavigation with just one port of call.
- Sir Alec Rose 1967–1968 single-handed circumnavigation with two stops (in Australia and New Zealand). 1967–1969 single-handed circumnavigation aboard SY Opty. 1968–1969 first single-handed non-stop circumnavigation.  1965–1970 then youngest (at ages 16–21) solo circumnavigation aboard 24-foot sailboat Dove. 1971 first westwards single-handed non-stop circumnavigation. 1957–1973 circumnavigation via the three great capes aboard his 36-foot wooden ketch Sea Wanderer. 1970–2021 completed eleven circumnavigations. 
- 1970 First solo circumnavigation trip east to west mostly sailing through tropics.
- 1981–82 Double nonstop solo circumnavigation west to east via Southern Ocean.
- 1986–88 Triple non-stop solo circumnavigation: 657 days 21 hours and 18 minutes at sea. Guinness World Records cites this as the longest distance sailed non-stop by any vessel (71,023 nautical miles) 
- 2016–17 Completed 10th circumnavigation at the age of 78, mostly singlehanded. 
- 2019-21 Completed 11th circumnavigation at the age of 81 
- 1986–87: Won the BOC Challenge with a time of 157 days aboard Airco Distributor, an Open 50 sloop built by Plant and designed by Roger Martin. 
- 1989: Competed in the first Vendée Globe on Duracell, an Open 60 sloop built by Plant and designed by Roger Martin. Although eliminated from the race after receiving help with a rudder repair in New Zealand, Plant still set a record for the fastest American to sail single-handed around the world with a time of 135 days. 
- 1990/91: Finished 4th overall in the BOC Challenge, setting the highest mark in a solo-sailing event for an American with a time of 132 days. 
21st century Edit
- 14 August 2000 – 23 July 2001 in 343 days monohull Kathena Nui solo westward non-stop circumnavigation. 2001 monohull circumnavigated singlehandedly as the then fastest woman. 2001 first person to circumnavigate non-stop in both eastward and westward directions. 1993 World record for a westward circumnavigation, 161 days, Group 4. 2001 Vendee Globe Race 7th position. 2003–2004 first Indian sail naval ship to circumnavigate the globe with the theme of "building bridges of friendship across the oceans". 2004 Circumnavigation with microlight aircraft Pipistrel". and crew 2005 aboard maxi catamaran Orange II set the then current windpowered circumnavigation record, 50 days, 16 hours, 20 minute.  2005 trimaran B&Q/Castorama then the fastest singlehanded circumnavigation (71 days), is still the fastest woman in 2010. See also 2001.  first female to sail non-stop round the world westabout and both ways
- 2005–2006 first woman to perform a solo westward non-stop circumnavigation, in 178 days.  Race (Solo Nonstop Eastabout) onboard IMOCA 60 Aviva in 99 days 1 hrs 10 min 57 sec
- Two open-cockpit biplanar Douglas World Cruiserfloatplanes of the United States Army Air Service, piloted by Lowell H. Smith, Leslie P. Arnold, Erik H. Nelson and John Harding Jr., made the first aerial circumnavigation, in 1924, taking 175 days, covering 26,345 miles (42,398 km). 
- LZ-127 Graf Zeppelin, in 1929, piloted by Hugo Eckener made the first circumnavigation by an airship. It was also the then fastest aerial circumnavigation, in 21 days.
- In 1930, Charles Kingsford Smith completed the first circumnavigation by monoplane and first "true" circumnavigation (crossing equator) by air, in a journey spanning two years in all.
- In 1932, Wolfgang von Gronau made the first aerial circumnavigation by flying boat in a twin-engine Dornier seaplane, Gronland-Wal D-2053, in nearly four months, making 44 stops en route. He was accompanied by co-pilot Gerth von Roth, mechanic Franzl Hack, and radio operator Fritz Albrecht. 
- In 1933, Wiley Post repeated his 1931 circumnavigation by aeroplane, but this time solo, using an autopilot and radio direction finder. He made the first solo aerial circumnavigation in a time one day faster than his previous record: 7 days, 19 hours, 49 minutes, in which he covered 25,110 kilometres (15,600 mi), but did not cross the equator. became the first and still-youngest woman pilot to fly around the world, accompanied by navigator Michael Townsend, in a year and a day, from 18 August 1948 to 19 August 1949.
- In 1949, the United States Air ForceB-50 SuperfortressLucky Lady II made the first non-stop aerial circumnavigation in 94 hours and 1 minute. Four in-air refuelings were required for the flight, which covered 37,743 kilometres (23,452 mi).
- In 1957, three United States Air ForceBoeing B-52 Stratofortresses made the first non-stop jet-aircraft circumnavigation in 45 hours and 19 minutes, with two in-air refuelings. The 39,147 kilometres (24,325 mi) flight was completed at an average speed of 525 miles per hour. , 1964, first woman to complete a solo aerial circumnavigation, in a Cessna 180. Boeing 707, crewed by five airline pilots, completed the first circumnavigation via the poles, 14–17 November 1965, in 62 hours 27 minutes. 
- 1960 USS Triton first underwater circumnavigation, and fastest mechanically powered circumnavigation (disputed with Earthrace, 2008), in 60 days 21 hours. 1986–1988 holds the world record for completing a single-handed, non-stop, triple circumnavigation, in 657 days 21 hours and 18 minutes. (French) 2004 fastest westward single-handed circumnavigation, 122 days 14 hours 3 minutes 49 seconds. (Australian) February–March 2004 fastest woman to complete a circumnavigation (crew of "Cheyenne") 58 days 9 hours 32 minutes 45 seconds. 2008 wave-piercing trimaran, with two 540 horsepower multi-fuelled engines current world record holder for a motorized vessel (disputed with USS Triton, 1960), in 60 days 23 hours and 49 minutes. (French) Nov 2017–Dec 2017 current fastest single-handed circumnavigation, in 42 days, 16 hours, 40 minutes, 35 seconds. and crew of five sailors Dec 2016–Jan 2017 the Maxi trimaran IDEC SPORT current absolute (wind or mechanically powered) fastest maritime circumnavigation, in 40 days 23 hours 30 minutes 30 seconds of sailing. Average speed of 26.85 knots (30.71 mph), covering a total distance of 26,412 nautical miles (48,915 km 30,394 mi).
(Widespread introduction of Very Low Frequency navigational aids)
- , 1971, first solo circumnavigation via the poles, in a Piper Navajo. , 1976, first circumnavigation by homebuilt aircraft. and Jay Coburn, 1982, first circumnavigation by helicopter, by Bell 206L-1 LongRanger II , 1982–1983, first solo circumnavigation by helicopter, in a Bell Jetranger III.  and Jeana Yeager, 1986, Voyager, first non-stop non-refueled circumnavigation in an airplane, 9 days, 3 minutes and 44 seconds. , 1988–1989, first circumnavigation landing at both poles, in a Twin Otter.
- In 1992 an Air FranceConcorde achieved the fastest non-orbital circumnavigation in 32 hours 49 minutes and 3 seconds.
- Fred Lasby, 1994, oldest circumnavigation, at 82 years of age, in Piper Comanche.  , 1994–95, first east-west circumnavigation by helicopter, in a Sikorsky S-76, a distance travelled of 73,352 kilometres (39,407 nautical miles). , 1998, first microlight circumnavigation. He used an open-cockpit single engine Pegasus Quantum 912. No support aircraft escorted the flight. Keith Reynolds was copilot from Webridge, Surrey, to Yuzhno Sakhalinsk, Siberia. Then, as required by the Russian authorities, navigator Petr Petrov accompanied Milton to Nome, Alaska. Milton completed the rest of the 120-day voyage solo (71 flying days).  and Brian Jones, 1999, first non-stop balloon circumnavigation in Breitling Orbiter 3, 19 days, 1 hour and 49 minutes, covering 42,810 kilometres (26,600 mi). , 2000, first solo circumnavigation by a woman by helicopter. , 2000, first solo circumnavigation by a microlight (Mainair Blade) in 99 days. Also held fastest circumnavigation by microlight until broken. Bodill was part of an entourage of 4 aircraft, one of which carried supplies and support.  , 2 July 2002, first solo balloon circumnavigation. , 3 March 2005, GlobalFlyer, first non-stop, non-refueled solo circumnavigation in an airplane, 67 hours, covering 37,000 kilometres (23,000 mi). , 11 February 2006, GlobalFlyer, longest non-stop, non-refueled solo flight (with circumnavigation) in an airplane, covering 42,469.5 kilometres (26,389.3 mi), in 76 hours and 45 minutes.  , 27 June 2007, Inspiration, youngest solo circumnavigation in an airplane, at that time, 23 years, 228 days left Miami, Florida, March 23, 2007, first stop, Cleveland, Ohio. (record broken numerous times subsequently)
- Rahul Monga and Anil Kumar, 2007, fastest circumnavigation in a microlight, 79 days. Team from the Indian Air Force to commemorate the 75 Anniversary of the founding of the Indian Air Force. Aircraft used was a Flight Design CTSW. They covered 40,529 kilometres (25,184 mi) in a total flight time of 247 hours and 27 minutes. 
- Swiss pilots Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, in the first circumnavigation by solar-powered aircraft, took off from Abu Dhabi aboard the Solar Impulse 2 on 9 March 2015, and were originally scheduled to complete their circumnavigation of the Northern Hemisphere in five months.  Due to battery damage, continuation of the flight was postponed until April 2016.  This circumnavigation was completed on 26 July 2016. , November 2015, first solo circumnavigation in a single-engine flying boat  in Progressive Aerodyne SeaRey two-seater light sport aircraft  , 23 July 2016, broke the record for the fastest circumnavigation in a hot air balloon. He took "just over 11 days", breaking Steve Fossett's 2002 record of 13 and a half days.  and Matthew Gallagher 7 August 2017 First circumnavigation by helicopter through antipodes.  , 20 August 2017, became the first person of Indian origin to complete a solo circumnavigation in a single engine plane.  , 4 October 2017, became the youngest woman to fly solo around the world in a single-engine aircraft.  , 28 June 2019, first Gyroplane/Autogyro circumnavigation. Using an open cockpit, Rotorsport UK MT-03 Autogyro (Registered G-YROX - "Roxy"), Surplus flew a distance of 27,000 NM, through 32 Countries and set 19x FAI new world records. Initial departure was on 22 March 2010, but difficulty with Russian permission delayed the aircraft in Japan for 3.5 years. The circumnavigation was reset/continued from the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, McMinnville, Oregon on 1 June 2015 and was finally successfully completed on return to the same place on 28 June 2019. and Hamish Harding, 11 July 2019, fastest circumnavigation of the globe via the North and South Poles. Virts and Harding headed a crew of eight in a Gulfstream G650ER jet to circumnavigate the globe in a time of 46 hours, 39 minutes and 38 seconds, with an average speed of 860.95 km/hr (534.97 mph).  , 10 August 2020, the first pilot and aircraft (Turbine Commander 900 “Citizen of the World” N29GA) to successfully circumnavigate and use biofuels over the North and South poles. Initial departure from Gillespie Field, El Cahon, CA, was November 17, 2019, completed August 10, 2020 with a five-month delay due to Pandemic. Other first-time records include the longest distance flown in a twin or single engine turboprop—18.1 hours first and fastest Polar circumnavigation in a twin or single engine turboprop first testing for plastic microfibers across the globe including over the South and North poles. 
- On 12 April 1961 Yuri Gagarin made the first human flight in space, and completed the first orbit of the Earth, in Vostok 1, in 108 minutes.
- The second and third orbital circumnavigations, the first two to have multiple orbits, were made by Gherman Titov (17.5 orbits, a little over a day, for the Soviet Union) and John Glenn, in Friendship 7 (3 orbits, almost five hours, for the US, first American orbital flight), respectively.
- The first woman to circumnavigate the Earth in orbit, and to also do so multiple times, was Valentina Tereshkova, who made forty-eight orbits between 16 and 19 June 1963, aboard Vostok 6. , James A. Lovell Jr., and William A. Anders, 21–27 December 1968, first human circumnavigation of the Earth-Moon system, 10 orbits around the moon in about 20 hours, aboard Apollo 8 total trip to the moon and back was more than 6 Earth days.
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Motorized transportation is permitted over water and where otherwise needed, but the human-powered distance must be a minimum of 18,000 miles (29,000 km) to qualify for a world record, according to Guinness rules since 2013. [ citation needed ]
Hamilton takes Statcast crown as baseball's fastest
Jamaica's Usain Bolt reaffirmed his place as the world's fastest man Sunday night in Rio de Janeiro when he won the 100 meters for the third consecutive Summer Olympics.
When it comes to baseball, there also is no debate. Although an encounter with an outfield wall forced him from Monday's game, the Reds' Billy Hamilton has established himself as the swiftest runner in the Major Leagues. A quick glance at the stolen base leaderboard provides strong evidence for this, and it hardly takes a seasoned scout to notice Hamilton's speed with the naked eye. But thanks to Statcast™ , there also is hard data to support the 25-year-old's gold-medal status.
Sprints are all about getting from Point A to Point B as quickly as possible, and while baserunning is more complex, the goal is the same. Statcast™ hasn't tracked anyone who gets to his destination faster than Hamilton, considering a variety of starting and ending points.
For the fastest hitters in baseball, it can take less than four seconds from the point of contact to charge the 90 feet to first base. One way to cut down that time is to create momentum toward first by dropping down a bunt, especially if the hitter is left-handed. That makes bunt plays a separate category of sorts, so let's focus on non-bunts.
On June 27 against the Cubs, the switch-hitting Hamilton batted from the left side against Cubs reliever Trevor Cahill. Despite leaning out over the plate to roll a low-and-away pitch to second base, Hamilton got out of the box in a hurry and bolted down the line, beating Cahill to the bag as first baseman Anthony Rizzo went for the ball. On the infield single, Hamilton's home-to-first time was a blistering 3.61 seconds, best on a non-bunt play this season.
Usain Bolt's Agent Says The 100-Meter Champ Has Never Run A Mile
A 'Relentless' Sports Photographer Explains How He Got His Shots
One photo from the day visually defines the career of this record-breaking athlete. It's from the semifinals.
In it, Bolt is leading the pack. He glances over his left shoulder, grinning, just before he crosses the finish line. His competitors are barely nipping at his heels. Everything below the waist is a blur.
Cameron Spencer, a Getty Images photographer from Australia, captured that moment. "I think there's no greater athlete on the planet at the moment," he tells NPR's Ari Shapiro.
This is the third Summer Olympics at which Spencer has photographed Bolt. "What people love about him, and what photographers love about him as well, is he's such an entertainer," Spencer says. "He's so confident and he plays up to the crowd, and I think when he walks into that stadium, it's electric. And last night was no different."
On how Spencer knew he had the photo
When [Bolt] went past me, you know, this happens in 9 1/2 seconds, and I kind of knew at the 70-meter mark he was going to probably be ahead of the rest. . When he passed me around the 70-meter mark, I was infield and I sort of panned my camera with him . it wasn't till I looked at the back of my camera — firstly hoping that something was sharp and that I'd captured it — I then realized he's almost looking straight at me and he had the big grin going, and the eyes, and I knew that it was special once I saw that.
On the scene in the Olympic stadium
When there's that many people there to witness greatness and the hush goes over the crowd before that starter's gun goes off, it's spine-tingling stuff. . He's got his famous [lightning] pose he always does, but he's done that a million times. And I think last night, giving that cheeky grin to the other competitors was something that made it different.
On what it's like to photograph Bolt
I've never met him personally, but I have done a lot of running around trying to chase him, last night included. . I did the lap of honor with him. . It's that balancing act between interaction and also being a fly on the wall, letting him run around — and you also have to avoid tripping over everything around the stadium because you're also running backwards in front of him.
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The development of the F-111 has it origins in the downing of Gary Powers’ U-2 in 1960. The USAF realized that speed and stealth mattered just as much as weaponry did.
As a result, the US military contacted the various aircraft manufacturers in the US. The design from General dynamics, designed similarly to the B-1, caught the Air Force’s eye.
General Dynamics had used the latest engine technology to make the F-111 extremely fast, even by modern standards.What resulted was a fighter jet that was built almost 600 times for two different air forces and NASA, being retired in 2010.
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Mark Beaumont explains what it takes to cycle around the world in record time
What does it take to take on a challenge as demanding as cycling around the world?
Well one man who should know is Mark Beaumont who holds the Guinness World Records title for the fastest circumnavigation by bicycle (male) with a time of 78 days 14 hours 40 minutes.
In fact Mark has pedaled his way around Earth on two separate occasions, first when he was 22 and more recently in 2017 when he entered the record books and achieved "his Everest".
Growing up on a farm, where he was also home-schooled, Mark has always been outdoors. While other kids were in primary school playgrounds and kicking footballs, he was outside riding horses, skiing and camping. And while his parents weren’t adventurers, the nature of his upbringing helped Mark develop that spirit himself.
"I think it’s the connection with the outdoors and being quietly encouraged. Not that they pushed me into it," he explained. "I’ve got children of my own now, and ideas aren’t your own at that age.
"If you say you want to do something crazy and your parents say 'no', it’s no, and you forget you had the idea. Whereas as an 11-year-old I want to cycle from John o’ Groats to Land’s End and my mum said 'why not try something smaller?' and we built up.
"I guess those acorns of ideas are quite precious and they got bigger and bigger for 10 years until I cycled around the world the first time."
Mark completed that ride across his native Scotland, before getting to cycle the length of the UK mid-way through his time at high school.
"Adventure, the outdoors and journeys were my thing and that was very precious to me."
There are other aspects to adventure cycling that he enjoys beyond just the riding and pushing himself.
"I enjoyed with those early journeys going door-to-door raising money for local charities then afterwards sharing my story in the local paper.
"It's that entire cycle from having the idea, to telling the world about it was something I got a real buzz from as a teenager. Especially when I found high school difficult because I didn’t go to primary school, so I was socially inept and found high school a bit rough."
These all helped serve as Mark’s apprenticeship ahead of his first circumnavigation at the age of 22, 12 years before his second, record-breaking ride.
This is a period he credits as key in part of his training towards that 2017 journey.
"Something I believe in is 'shoot for the stars' but do your apprenticeship. In a world where people think they can fall out of bed and climb Everest or fall out of bed and cycle round the world, I say to anyone, do these things but learn your trade. You can’t expect to break records if you haven’t practiced."
This involves building up mental as well as physical strength to take on those long distance challenges that test you in every way possible. It’s not an overnight process.
"A lot of people if they’re racing, they can put themselves through hell knowing it will soon be over. When you’re doing ultra-endurance, you can’t."
"You’ve got to be motivated by what you’re doing, not that it will soon be over, and I think that freaks out a lot of athletes. I saw it rowing the Atlantic where you’ve got these top river rowers who were physical specimens but the sheer never-ending nature of it freaked them out.
"When you’re going 18,000 miles around the world, when you’re starting out from Paris [the start and finish point of Mark’s record attempt], you’re not thinking about Paris. Even in Australia when you’re 9,000 miles in, Paris just doesn’t seem real at all."
That mental resilience means coping with thoughts on all sorts of things from focusing on the attempt to thinking about the past.
"You’ve got time to think, deeply think, and be absorbed in the world around you and there’s nothing else I’ve ever done that gives you that incredible amount of head space."
It’s a sentiment echoed by Jenny Graham who holds the female circumnavigation by bicycle record (completing her journey in 124 days 11 hours).
Instead of feeling lonely (thanks to modern technology allowing her to keep in regular contact with her friends and family), she found a freedom that is hard to achieve at home.
"You’re going through every emotion possible and you’ve got the freedom to explore it. When you’re at home and you’re surrounded by people and going to work, you can’t really do that. You’ve just got to fit in with society but when you’re out there there’s no hiding from them. It’s very real and you’ve got to work through it. I liked getting to know myself."
Then afterwards comes the question: what’s next?
Attempting to cycle around the world in under 80 days was the ultimate for Mark, a chance to see how quickly he could power himself over such a vast distance.
That kid inside him still inspired him to attempt things not done before.
"I’m still inspired by first and fastest than entering a race and just trying to beat people around me. I prefer that idea of pioneering spirit."
The "good problem" though is not being labelled as just a cyclist. People may expect him to get back in the saddle and ride "another silly distance", but that’s not necessarily where he’ll go.
"It takes real confidence I think to take that same energy and passion but do something completely different.
"If it was up to the public and press you’d just do another big ultra-endurance cycling record and I’m quite passionate about things that take me in a different direction but fill that sense of wonder about what’s possible."
For a while that could have been trying to circumnavigate the globe by cycling across land and rowing the oceans to complete the 24,919-mile journey.
In 2012 Mark was part of a team taking part in the Atlantic Odyssey and aiming to row the Atlantic Ocean in under 30 days.
However, 520 miles from their destination, their boat capsized.
But, surprisingly, the near-death experience isn’t the main reason you won’t find Mark doing any ocean rowing journeys anytime soon.
"Being completely candid I didn’t find in ocean rowing what I found on my land-based journeys. So, my open swimming, cycling, fell running, you can be in an incredibly tough moment but there’s an unknown. Every day is different.
"The excitement is the world is changing around you whereas ocean rowing, it’s big waves, little waves. It’s purely the physical and psychological.
"There’s no sense of change, no sense of interest. It’s purely about the physical and mental.
"Forget the capsize and nearly dying bit, I didn’t find why I do adventure out there."
And this, rather neatly, brings us on to his advice to anyone who wants to attempt a record, especially one that’s so demanding.
"Rule number one is you’ve got to enjoy it. It’s allowed to hurt, it’s allowed to be difficult, but you should be doing it not because you’re going to get famous or it will pay the mortgage but because you’re passionate about it."
According to Mark, it’s also important to realise your own possibilities.
"I think that’s the big thing with Guinness World Records, until you’ve done it you think it’s for somebody else. If you’ve built your experience and are in a unique space in what you do or you fancy your chances, almost anyone with something they’re passionate about can have a crack. But it’s not spending your life thinking it’s for other people."