Dave Holleran finishing on Friday 11th July at 6pm (Qld time) at Neale Junction, all as planned. Photo Contributed
Dave Holleran finishing on Friday 11th July at 6pm (Qld time) at Neale Junction, all as planned. Photo Contributed Contributed

Worn-out Dave collects world marathon record

MUNDUBBERA'S marathon man Dave Holleran ran 688km across a desert in just 10 days and four hours.

Mr Holleran is the first person to cross all 14 of Australia's deserts on foot and his finishing time has set a world record.

But the experience was no walk in the park.

He said crossing the Great Victorian Desert was the hardest route he had run.

"My feet have been hardest hit, with many blisters and swelling," he said.

"I have been resting now for a few days taking long baths, keeping my feet up and resting as much as possible."

The road was difficult, he said, with corrugations and sand dunes, as well as 40-knot headwinds at times, and temperatures below zero in the early mornings and up to 30 degrees through the day.

Mr Holleran said he could not have done it without his wife, Janette.

"She looked after my medical needs, nutrition and, of course, will help to get me home," he said.

He runs to fundraise for the RACQ CareFlight Rescue Helicopter.

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