Dave has Oz in his sights

HARD SLOG: Dave Alley training for his record attempt at running around Australia.
HARD SLOG: Dave Alley training for his record attempt at running around Australia. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

DAVID Alley is 14,250km away from being one of, if not the only, athlete in the world to hold two extreme endurance records for completely different categories.

Four months out from his six-month long marathon run around the country, Mr Alley is no stranger to the road he will travel, having already cycled it in 2011 when he broke the world record for the fastest-ever supported, solo cycle around Australia.

This time, the formerAlstonville resident, policeman and father of three will be on foot, attempting to break the current record held by Pat Farmer who completed the distance in 191 days in 1999.

To cover the distance, he will have to run an average of 78km a day for six months - the equivalent of just under two marathons every day.

Four months out from the attempt, Mr Alley's training is in full swing, running six days a week.

As physically daunting as the task may seem, Mr Alley said the run would be more mentally testing than anything.

"It's both, but I think the mental challenges are greater," he said.

"Just spending that much time a day out on the road and pushing through the pain barrier and being able to back it up day after day."

But running the circumference of a country as diverse as Australia brings with it physical challenges as well, from the scorching and humid temperatures of the north to the cold and wet climate in the south.

Throughout the attempt, Mr Alley will be accompanied by best mate, manager and organiser David Leese, as well as two vehicles and a support crew.

Mr Leese said he has spent over 12 months organising and preparing for the attempt.

"The aim (for me and the crew) is to give Dave the best possible opportunity of success," he said. "He's been training hard for two years now."

The record attempt will raise money and awareness for the White Cloud Foundation, a charity that supports people, families and carers who live with depression.

Following the success of their record-setting cycle event, Mr Alley and Mr Leese co-authored the book 'Headwind', which deals with "motivation, determination and persistence."

white cloud

The foundation was created in 2011 with a mission to help increase resources and improve access to support for people, families and carers who live with depression.

Each year more than one million Australians are diagnosed with depression. Many more go undiagnosed, untreated and unsupported.

 

About depression

Depression is currently the leading cause of non-fatal disability in Australia

Depression- associated disability costs the Australian economy $14.9 billion annually

Postnatal depression affects 14% of new mothers

More than 10,000 young Australians live with depression

SOURCE: Beyond Blue



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