Robbers target German long-distance runner

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8 January 2007, Leipzig, Germany (dpa) - A German seeking to run around the world was robbed of most of his equipment in the Czech Republic on Saturday, members of his team said. Thieves broke into a supply van in the town of Kladno and stole bodysuits, breathable underwear and most of the 50 pairs of jogging shoes Robby Clemens had taken with him for the 23,000-kilometre journey. "Practically all he's got left are the clothes he's wearing," said a spokesman for Clemens, who began his World Run in the east

8 January 2007

Leipzig, Germany (dpa) - A German seeking to run around the world was robbed of most of his equipment in the Czech Republic on Saturday, members of his team said.

Thieves broke into a supply van in the town of Kladno and stole bodysuits, breathable underwear and most of the 50 pairs of jogging shoes Robby Clemens had taken with him for the 23,000-kilometre journey.

"Practically all he's got left are the clothes he's wearing," said a spokesman for Clemens, who began his World Run in the eastern German city of Leipzig on Wednesday.

   Despite the setback, the 45-year-old sportsman remained undeterred and vowed to continue his mammoth run across 28 countries, including Egypt, India, Japan and China.

"It was a terrible shock, but I won't let it get me down. I'll carry on regardless," said Clemens, who hopes to raise money for child cancer victims.

The German, who has been practising extreme sports for eight years, plans to run 80 kilometres a day - the equivalent of a double marathon - in order to complete his journey in 298 days.

   Among the highlights of the World Run will be a meeting with rock stars Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi, who plan to accompany Clemens for a brief spell when he is in the United States.

   Clemens made his first long distance run of 493 kilometres in 2001 and two years later ran the 500 kilometres from Basra to Baghdad to draw attention to children who suffered during the Iraq war.

   If all goes according to plan, Clemens will set a new record for his global run. The previous mark of 492 days was set by another German, Heine Stupp, in 1895.

DPA

Subject: German news

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