Dad’s epic 2000km run

Multisport Mecca - - News - Francesca McMackin Francesca.McMackin@sc­news.com.au

A FOR­MER boxer is em­bark­ing on a 2000km ul­tra­ma­rathon in the hope that it will help make a safer world for his chil­dren.

Billy Tin­dall left Mel­bourne on Satur­day on his 35-day run, reach­ing the fin­ish line on the Sun­shine Coast on Day for Daniel, Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 27.

The 27-year-old Ca­bool­ture man and five-times Golden Gloves box­ing cham­pion will make the solo run in sup­port of the Daniel Mor­combe Foun­da­tion, trav­el­ling 50-60km ev­ery day.

He plans to run about 30km be­tween 4am-7am, then again at 4pm-7pm.

Billy’s son will turn two years old while he is on the road, and his wife is preg­nant with their sec­ond child.

“As a fa­ther, child safety is some­thing which I feel very pas­sion­ate about,” he said.

“I be­lieve all chil­dren should be safe and feel safe, and the work the Daniel Mor­combe Foun­da­tion is do­ing is help­ing to make that pos­si­ble.

“I wanted to do this run to be able to do my part and con­trib­ute.”

Billy will ar­rive in Woom­bye in time for the 13th an­nual Walk for Daniel on the Daniel Mor­combe Foun­da­tion’s Na­tional Day of Ac­tion on Child Safety, also known as Day for Daniel.

Bruce and Denise Mor­combe were in Mel­bourne to see off Billy and cheer him on.

“A run of this mag­ni­tude is hard to com­pre­hend,” Bruce said. “We wish Billy and his sup­port crew the very best of luck.

“Pro­tect­ing chil­dren is ev­ery­one’s busi­ness.”

Gary Par­sons, world record holder for the long­est con­tin­u­ous run of 274 days, is among the sup­port crew.

Things got off to a wet start, but the cool con­di­tions are mak­ing run­ning eas­ier.

Con­di­tions will get tougher as he heads north, es­pe­cially when get­ting to­wards Goondi­windi on Oc­to­ber 18.

While Billy hopes to raise aware­ness about child safety and the Day for Daniel, he also aims to raise $100,000 for the Daniel Mor­combe Foun­da­tion.

Do­nate at daniel­mor­combe.com.au.

PHOTO: TONY LIV

For­mer boxer Billy Tin­dall has started run­ning from Mel­bourne to the Sun­shine Coast.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

Billy Tin­dall (right), with Bruce Mor­combe, is run­ning from Mel­bourne to the Sun­shine Coast to raise money for the Daniel Mor­combe Foun­da­tion.

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