Not only is the 53-year-old a local doctor, but he runs marathons and ultra-marathons to fundraise for those living with various ailments and illnesses.
Through seven ultra-marathons interspersed with numerous marathons around the country, he has run more than 400km, the same distance as from Perth to Albany.
“I did a mid-life crisis marathon when I turned 40 and found I enjoyed the meditative aspect of the long training runs,” he said.
“The training keeps me fit and happy and the ultra-run events are very sociable and supportive, running at a pace at which you can talk and it lasts for hours.
“I have since been looking for a way to combine my leisure time running and being in Australian natural environments with fundraising for a great cause.”
He found such a cause in a trek through the Simpson Desert in June that will see him run 250km in six days to raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
He was drawn to the chance to be in the outback while running a challenging multi-day ultra-marathon with the satisfaction of fundraising for juvenile diabetes.
“It’s daunting, but managing the challenges makes it worthwhile and memorable. I think the most difficult parts will be getting up each morning to face the day’s run because in ultra-runs there’s always a ‘why am I doing this’ section that requires some psychological resilience and trickery to overcome.”
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