By The Numbers
38, MANCHESTER, STUDENT TEACHER AND RUNNING ADVENTURER
From the sofa to 708 miles in Malawai
TEN YEARS AGO, Brendan Rendall was an overweight, committed party animal. ‘I was the last person you’d imagine going running,’ he says. ‘But a drunken bet with friends led me to take on the Wilmslow Half Marathon. I was hooked.’ Last summer, Brendan became the first person to run the length of Malawi, in south- eastern Africa. This was followed by a run from John O’groats to Land’s End. His African triumph was in aid of Friends of Mulanje Orphans (FOMO), a charity he’d come across on a previous visit; it supports more than 4,500 orphans in the region. ‘I am far from a super athlete, but my vision is to inspire people,’ says Brendan.