Dad’s epic 2000km run
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.
Former boxer Billy Tindall has started running from Melbourne to the Sunshine Coast.
Billy Tindall (right), with Bruce Morcombe, is running from Melbourne to the Sunshine Coast to raise money for the Daniel Morcombe Foundation.