Charity run just mind over matter for Marc

Ultra-marathon runner Marc Simpkins overcame his own doubts to tackle the 442km Coast 2 Coast Challenge from Albany to Perth. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d400664
Ultra-marathon runner Marc Simpkins overcame his own doubts to tackle the 442km Coast 2 Coast Challenge from Albany to Perth. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d400664

But starting on Thursday, he will attempt to do exactly that in three-and-a-half days, aiming to finish in Cottesloe at about 3pm on Sunday.

The journey will challenge the ultra-marathon runner to cover 442km, or the equivalent of more than 10 marathons.

‘I have been doing marathons and ultra-marathons for the past four years,’ Mr Simpkins said.

‘I dreamt of running to Albany, but dismissed it. About 18 months ago, I came to the conclusion that the dream was possible, so started running marathons day after day.

‘The biggest test is to be able to wake up the day after a marathon and do it again.’

Mr Simpkins is not just using the run as a personal challenge, he is also raising money for The Centre for Cerebral Palsy in Coolbinia.

‘For people with cerebral palsy, mobility is a really big factor,’ he said.

‘I want to use my mobility to help people who face more obstacles to becoming mobile. I think it is a good pairing.’

He aims to raise $86,000.