Nedd Brockmann has received a hero’s welcome at Sydney’s Bondi Beach after completing his mammoth flight from one side of Australia to the other.
The 23-year-old ran from Cottesloe Beach in Perth to Bondi – a 3952km journey over 47 days, all in the name of charity.
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He has raised nearly $1.5 million for Mobilise, a charity that helps the homeless with more than 20,000 donors.
Brockmann arrived in Bondi around 5:30 p.m. AEDT Monday, as thousands of people crammed the streets to cheer him home.
He was given a traditional native ceremony before having to endure the torture of walking up a flight of stairs to address the crowd.
Brockmann thanked everyone for the support and celebrated by popping a bottle of champagne and he loved doing it when “shoey!” went up.
His epic running effort in the name of charity is being praised by Aussies everywhere and there are already calls for Brockmann to become the next Australian of the year.
Brockmann departed from Cottesloe Beach in Perth on September 1, and has averaged more than 50 miles a day since then.
He ran for about 10 hours a day, starting around 5 a.m. During his 46-day journey, he jogged the equivalent of more than 270 City2Surf races.
Brockmann was accompanied by his parents, Kylie and Ian Brockmann, girlfriend Jemma Griffin, boyfriend and photographer Bradley Farley, as well as his physio.
“He needs to get up pretty quickly because they’re pretty mashed up at that point,” Kylie told The Sun-Herald.
“He’s holding up incredibly well. He’s very skinny and I wish he were a little thicker, but he’s still walking. I’m amazed.”
Brockmann initially hoped to break the record, with German ultramarathon runner Achim Heukemes completing the journey across Australia in 43 days in 2005.
But after sustaining an injury around Day 12, he had to cut back his mileage to recover.
A massively swollen ankle prevented him from lifting his foot or moving his toes.
“We strapped it on like a bugger and I hit the 100km quite late at night,” he wrote on Instagram.
Scans revealed a serious overuse injury and the recommended course of action was not to move the injured part for six weeks. But Brockmann opted for cortisone injections and kept running.
From then on his feet got worse and worse, his blisters were full of pus and he had maggots in his toe.
However, it wasn’t just his lower body with his biceps that couldn’t stretch because they were stuck in a running position for so long.
In 2020, Brockmann achieved the remarkable feat of running 50 marathons in 50 consecutive days, raising more than $100,000 for the Australian Red Cross.
You can donate to Brockmann’s cause here.