Recently Tony Mangan`s website www.MyWorldWalk.com noted that Tony had now walked over 27,400 kilometres. That translates to well over 16,000 miles in old money. All that has been achieved in around 800 road days, or almost three years since he began this quest. It`s some mammoth effort of human movement and shows that Mangan is well on his way to achieve his world walk in the coming years. It makes you wonder about really long distances and what humans can achieve over such milestones. What Tony won`t brag about though is that the World Runners Association (WRA) minimum distance required for his walk to be legitimate is a distance of only 26,232/km but of course, for man as humble and giving as Tony it’s not always about going for records.
Recently, when Mangan arrived in China his feet hit the turf on solid ground when others from the country were doing the opposite in leaving their country and hopping into their cars for a long ride across a bridge that had been newly opened to connect mainland China to Hong Kong and Macau.
Marketed as the “world’s longest sea bridge,” and with a $20 billion price tag the project took nine years of construction and with it came a lot of controversy. Those that supported the bridge believed that it was a worthwhile project as it would massively reduce the time it takes to travel between the three a fore mentioned places. This gives a reduced time journey from three hours down to only 30 minuets instead.
However, there have been critics of the build too. Criticisms that are not just criticisms of the bridge`s impact that it`s construction had on it`s surrounding habitat but that it meant there were tragedies as people lost their lives during it`s creation. In all, nine worker on the bridge have died and even 200 workers were injured during it`s years long project. Further problems results when it was discovered that subcontractors were endangering their workers as safety on the bridge was questioned. At one stage prior to the bridge opening there were photos of the bridge made public showing how concrete blocks were floating away from it highlighting that not all may not be as it should be throughout the build.
In it`s entirety though the task was considered an achievement. Once it was finished it totalled 55 kilometres in length, that`s 34 miles in older translations.
A marvellous achievement by the Chinese designers, architects, contractors, and builders.
Still, they are no Tony Mangan. For he is but one man who will walk much longer than one bridge. In time, he will walk the whole world and instead of their being injuries or deaths his noble message for cancer awareness will help save many instead.