Australian ultra-marathon athlete Pat Farmer ended his 3,000km run from the top to the bottom of Vietnam on January 15 after 40 days on the road.

Farmer left Mong Cai town in Quang Ninh northern province on December 9 and came to the goal line in the southern-most province of Ca Mau. Funds raised from the "Pole to Pole Vietnam " run will support Australian Red Cross projects in Vietnam.

Farmer was accompanied on the run by Mai Nguyen Dinh Huy, 25, who had met Farmer during the latter's studies in Australia . In "Pole to Pole" they ran the equivalent of two marathons a day every day.

The two men were sometimes joined by local people.

For his part, Farmer shared photos and videos of the run with audiences around the world through the website He also did regular interviews with local media and was on Australian Television.

In February last year Farmer took part in the greatest run in history, a grueling 21,000km journey from the North Pole to the South Pole, to raise funds for Red Cross. He published a book about his adventures.-VNA