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Nedd Brockmann’s legacy-defining mission to help land Sydney on running’s world map


Nedd Brockmann, Sydney Marathon

He has run from one side of the country to other, but Nedd Brockmann wants others to join him for his next high-profile challenge.

The Aussie hero has committed to September’s Sydney Marathon, joining a growing list of entrants.

Six months ago, the 23-year-old conquered the unimaginable; a gruelling 46-day mission from Perth to Sydney’s Bondi Beach. In doing so, he raised over $1.85 million dollars for charity and captured the attention of nearly every Aussie down under, along with many around the globe.

But his hiatus from running is set to come to an end this September, as Brockmann focuses on participating in the running event that’s out to elevate its status to one that is recognised amongst the best in the world.

This upcoming challenge for Nedd Brockmann should be ‘easy’, in comparison to the journey that’s made him famous down under. Spoiler alert: marathons are not easy. But Brockmann’s at the every least looking to help shift mindset, claiming that ‘if you can run 15 kilometres, you can run 42.’

Fans of the star from Forbes are eagerly awaiting news on his next major challenge, which in roundabout ways has been hinted on podcasts. Completing the Sydney course won’t quite take the planning his cross country mission did, of course. Or generate the same reception. But he’s a welcome addition to a growing list of high profile entrants that includes personalities Kane Cornes and Sylvia Jeffries, plus former NRL player-turned runner Nick Youngquest.

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Nedd Brockmann

With the marathon approaching, here’s everything we know about Nedd Brockmann’s involvement with it and why he wants as many Australians to run it alongside him.

Why is Nedd Brockmann competing in the Sydney Marathon?

The former tradie-turned inspirational athlete and speaker has declared that he will run the Sydney Marathon in September this year in a quest to get ‘Australia’s marathon’ noticed as one of the world majors.

In order to help the marathon get elevated into the select group of Abbott World Marathon Majors, Brockmann is asking as many Australian’s as possible to register and participate.

The Abbott World Marathon Majors currently comprises of six marathons around the world — Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York. And Sydney wants to be next; in year two of its three-year bid.

Nedd Brockmann spoke to the Daily Telegraph, urging people to join the marathon claiming that not only will doing it help you physically but that it’s a real test mentally as well.

“In a world where we are very reserved, it’s good to push yourself as through pushing yourself (you build) confidence and resilience,” Brockmann said.

“I’ve always found if you can run 15-kilometres you can run 42-kilometres you’ve just got to get it in your head you can. The head gives in way before the body will so if you can start to conquer that, then the world is your oyster.”

Unofficially, Nedd Brockmann has run 400 marathons but the Sydney Marathon, which will be held on September 17, will be just his second official one.

“I am pumped to run the Sydney Mara. It’s going to be epic. I actually think it’s going to be so cool especially with all the new sites that the new route takes. I’m pumped.”

What other well-known people are taking part in the Sydney Marathon?

Hello Sport

Popular sports podcast duo Tom Birmingham and Eddy Simpson, who make up Hello Sport, have turned to coaching a growing group of participants in the upcoming Sydney Marathon after completing the event last year.

Everyone is able to join their group the ‘Hello Sport Goers Run Club’ when registering with 20% off the fee and automatic entry to a Hello Sport event at The Ivy in the city’s CBD.

The pair spoke to The Daily Telegraph in mid-May stating that one of the podcast’s saying has amassed a large group of followers who want to complete the marathon themselves.

“After we did it last year a heap of our audience messaged and spoke to us generally about wanting to have a crack at it (the Sydney Marathon),” Tom Birmingham said.

“So we’ve turned our hand to coaching the Hello Sport Goers Run Club.”

“We’ve got a saying in the Hello Sport universe which is, ‘surround yourself with goers and you too shall go,” Eddy Simpson said.

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