Running the World 196
Running the World 196

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Nick Butter

Brutal Heat in Africa Before Butter is Forced to Return to the UK

Date: May 20, 2019
Approximate GPS Location: (51.53°N, 0.12°E)

From Ethiopia, Butter headed on to the tiny archipelago of Comoros. Here he found the volcanic islands to be “kind of ruined by humans, pollution and traffic.” During his run, he battled high temperatures, higher humidity and low energy. He made it through nine litres of water and four soft drinks in an effort to keep his pace up.

The next day he flew on to Nairobi, Kenya for marathon 139. Unfortunately, his journey was far from smooth. First, he was forced to queue for four hours just to get into the terminal building on the Comoros island of Moroni. Next, he learnt that his flight would be delayed. Exasperated, Butter has clearly not enjoyed his time in some African countries: “The heat I can deal with most of the time, the barrage of mosquito bites I can put up with, even the annoyingly slow backwards processes, but rude and obnoxious people - my tether runs out.”

The Nairobi marathon did not go smoothly either, with Butter briefly detained by police after he photographed a building that was apparently under surveillance. Thankfully, he was able to talk his way out of the issue and continue his run.

After a quick break and a safari, it was off to Tanzania where he ran in the shadow of Kilimanjaro in the town of Moshi. It was a particularly hot run and Butter elected to stay close to his hotel, running zig-zags around town and trying not to get too burnt.

Butter's next marathon was due to be in Rwanda, but his plans then quickly changed. Though he flew south to Kigali he elected not to run. His logistical team were encountering some issues sorting out the next run of countries and it necessitated an urgent trip home to the UK. Flying back via Dubai, Butter now has five days to try and sort out visas and safety issues for the remaining 57 countries.


update history

Running the World 196

A New World Record, Butter Runs Marathon 196

November 11, 2019 // Running the World 196

Seven Marathons in Two Weeks as Butter Works Through the Pacific

September 30, 2019 // Running the World 196
Running the World 196

Butter Island Hops Across the Pacific

September 16, 2019 // Running the World 196



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