Sam Holmes, Bondi Beach to Manly Beach 80km Ultra Marathon
Ever since I moved to Sydney I have always wanted to compete in the Bondi to Manly ultra, but every year I have found an excuse not to. I have always enjoyed running but never in a competitive environment. 5km here, and 10kms there was always a way to keep myself physically and mentally strong, but distance running has never been my thing. This year however, at the age of 33, having never even ran a marathon before, decided to challenge myself to an 80km ultra. That’s nearly two back to back marathons across diverse terrain.
When taking on this challenge I knew it would be a great opportunity to help a brilliant cause and raise some awareness along the way. Give a Little Love Foundation, whom support Batyr, a mental health charity are doing such important work to support and guide young people in Australia who are suffering from poor mental health.
Mental health is a topic that is close to my heart and I have seen first-hand the impact that mental health struggles can have on individuals and their families.
Batyr is doing amazing work to help young people navigate their mental health struggles, and I am honoured to be able to support their mission. I hope to raise awareness about the importance of mental health and help ensure that everyone has access to the resources and support they need.
If you are struggling with your mental health, go for a 5km run and I guarantee you will feel better when you return. I truly believe sport and exercise is the number one proponent in the battle against mental health, so get out there and start moving!
Thank you to the Give a Little Love Foundation for all that you do to support Batyr, and for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this amazing journey.