Running a marathon a day is something very few people would attempt. In fact, most would think you crazy.
Richard Bowles is doing just that as he makes his way through the stock routes of the Bicenntenial National Trail.
He has run over 1540 km already and was in the Dartbrook area last week as he makes his way along the 5330 km trial through the rugged terrain of the Great Dividing Range all the way to Cooktown in Queensland.
When asked why he would attempt such a feat, Richard explained he enjoyed running long distances repetitively.
“I like the purpose it gives you in your day,” he said
“As I run I search for an answer to why, but I hope I don’t find it”.
The search for the answer keeps him motivated and gives him some time to think about what to do next.
Bowles is a running coach in Melbourne and has competed in many marathons over the years.
He is the Australian record holder of the 2010 Mt Everest Marathon.
The mileage done over the years has put him in good stead for his
Bowles sees this epic run as a mental challenge, not just a physical one.
Given that many people tell him he must be crazy, and the mental strength he must call upon to make it to the end, Bowles thought it fitting to fund-raise for the organisation SANE, and to increase awareness of mental illness.
“There is a big increase in mental health problems,” he said.
“I want to get the word out there that if you need help contact SANE.
“They help friends and family too.
“This is who I would ring if I had a problem”.
Bowles believes in the adage healthy mind, healthy body; as research shows physical activity helps lift your mood.
Along the trek Bowles has visited schools and discussed his adventure with school children and endeavored to inspire them to live their dreams, just as he is doing.
Bowles is keen to encourage those in the Upper Hunter to walk the stock route trail.
“It is beautiful, and I hope it is
preserved with all the development going on” he said.