Keen Ricky runner Brent Mullane is preparing for two 100-mile Ultra Runs this autumn, both in aid of Mission EmployAble, the charity that trains and employs young adults with learning disabilities.
Father of four children who attended St Mary’s primary school in Rickmansworth, Brent has completed more than 50 Ultras since first donning running shoes 11 years ago and says the Ultras he ran in aid of Mission EmployAble in August and September were both the toughest and the best things he has ever done.
He said: “I didn’t sleep during the 28 hours and 57 minutes that the August Ultra on the North Downs took me.
“The worst bit was the phenomenal heat, which was up to 35 degrees and much of the route was on chalk, which reflects the heat. The mental strength required to carry on was just ridiculous.”
Although he is still recovering from a gruelling 100-mile Ultra along the Thames Path in September, Brent says he is looking forward to the next two.
He said: “Running an Ultra is exceptional. Unlike a marathon where you are always looking at your watch, you pace yourself and get to talk and make new friends, there’s a real camaraderie.”
Originally from New Zealand, Brent says he is passionate about raising money for Mission EmployAble, which is raising money, with Chorleywood Cricket Club, for a training café for young adults with learning disabilities within the club’s new pavilion on the Common.
He added: “It’s a fantastic charity that is doing great things and best of all, it will be within walking, not running, distance of where I live.”
Brent’s next Ultras take place over the weekends of October 10/11 and November 7/8.
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