The NSW lockdown has forced the cancellation of running events for the foreseeable future but one man has taken matters into his own hands by planning to run over 160kms in three days for mental health charity Beyond Blue.
Brendan Mitchell from Niagara Park is set to run 160kms, over two half marathons and three full marathons, from August 11-13.
Mitchell is set to visit Killarney Vale, Lisarow, Ourimbah, Chittaway, Gosford, Terrigal and Wyoming among many other locations as the routes take him on a tour around the Coast.
He will begin and end the challenge at Niagara Park.
Mitchell raised $1,000 for Beyond Blue with a self-run 80km ultramarathon in November 2020.
He is doubling the distance and the goal this time with a target of 160km and $2,000.
Mitchell’s workplace ClickView, where he is an education advisor, will contribute to the fundraiser.
Before working for ClickView, Mitchell taught at several schools on the Coast including Point Clare Public School.
“As a teacher, I’ve had students with mental health challenges for a variety of reasons,” Mitchell said.
“I’ve also had my own mental health struggles, as have many in my close and extended family,” he said.
“This huge challenge is to show support for the many people around the country who are experiencing mental health issues as a result of the pandemic, and hopefully put a smile on people’s faces along the way,” Mitchell said.
Media release, July 29