Thursday, May 18, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
Mackay local runner, Brenda Windsor, is taking on the mammoth Bravehearts 777 Marathon this June.
Brenda has been running for 12 years, after stumbling into the sport during a bootcamp fitness class. From there, she steadily increased her speed and distance, and is now set to complete her third Bravehearts 777 Marathon.
The 777 Marathon takes participants to all seven Australian states, over seven days, to complete seven marathons consecutively, to raise awareness and funds for Bravehearts and the one in four children who have been impacted by child sexual abuse.
The marathon acts as a major fundraising tool, as national participants must raise $10,000 each for the cause.
For Brenda, this is her third 777 Marathon, and is definitely not her last.
“After my first 777 marathon, I was like ‘Wow, did I really do that?’” Brenda said.
“I didn’t know what I was getting into, and it was just this real buzz.
“But this time, I know what I’m getting into, so that’s a bit different.
“I’m feeling good.”
Brenda will fly into Perth Sunday June 25, to finish the first marathon on the Monday, before completing marathons in Adelaide, Melbourne, Launceston, Sydney, Canberra and the Gold Coast on Sunday, July 1.
“Over the last nine years,” Alison Geale, Bravehearts CEO said, “the Bravehearts 777 Marathon has raised more than $2.15 million for our critical support and education services, and this year we’re hoping to raise the stakes and fundraise more than $250,000.”
Clear from being Brenda’s final marathon, she is set to participate at the Airlie Beach Marathon only two weeks after the 777 Marathon.
Brenda Windsor has competed in over 30 marathons and regularly trains with her grandchildren. Photo supplied