Manchester runner Brendan Rendall has completed the extraordinary task of traversing the length of Malawi in 27 days. The distance translates to around 708 miles, around a marathon a day, with Brendan running in aid of Walmer Bridge-based charity Friends of Mulanje Oprhans (FOMO).
Brendan commenced his journey at the end of June at Chitipa, which sits on the border with Zambia, and finished at Maraka. To deal with the testing conditions, he would set off around 5:30am, run half a marathon, have breakfast, and then run another half before the hottest part of the day.
With support from cyclist Emma Timmis, Brendan has raised over £27,000, an amount which will go directly to the construction of a school block in one of the villages he visited. He plans to raise a total of £35,000.
On the motivation for the challenge, Brendan explained: "In 2009 I was part of an incredible team that visited the Friends of Mulanje Orphans (FOMO). I saw first hand the inspiring work they do. This inspired me to continue to support and raise money for these incredible children.”
After finishing his challenging, Brendan made a special visit to a young boy he met in Chikwawa: "One night we camped at a school where I met Ganizani. He was 12 years old and could not walk, and he got around by dragging himself along the ground.
“He was too big to be carried by his family. After my run finished I spoke to FOMO, and we went back to the village with a wheelchair and gave it to him. I'm grateful they gave me the opportunity to re-visit and share this moment."
While Brendan will be recovering in the coming week, he plans to give himself little respite and on 16 August he will run from John O’ Groats to Land’s End. More information on his fundraising efforts is available here.