THE WORLD RECORD
Hi, I'm Henry.
I'm setting out to break the World Record for the most consecutive half marathons - 133 in 133 days.
I'm not a runner. I'm not a professional athlete at all. I'm no one special – and I think that's the important thing. I'm a regular guy who knows how important your mental health is.
I only began running in October last year. Crazy? Maybe. But my point is to show that it's never too late to start. To set a goal.
To focus on achieving something even if it seems unreachable.
133 HALF MARATHONS IN 133 DAYS - 8 JULY TO 17 NOVEMBER
I am running 133 consecutive half marathons (21.1km) from Kosi Bay around the coastline to Alexander Bay on the Namibian border. The total distance is around 2800km and includes a combination of trail and road running through some of South Africa's most beautiful and rarest landscapes.
I will be joined by people along the way – some sportspeople and celebrities, and also some regular people just like me.
My progress will be documented by a production company and shared on my social media platforms.
My experience opened my eyes to how prevalent mental health problems are, how few people understand them, and the obstacles people have to face when getting help. Stigma, fear, affordability. They're all very real.
This is the purpose of my run – to raise awareness to the fact that support is out there. To make us talk about it. And of course, to raise upwards of 4 million Rand for The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) who are at the forefront of patient advocacy, education and destigmatisation of mental illness in our country.
They are a non-profit organisation (a registered section 21 company) who provide vital support to thousands of South Africans who live with mental health issues.
They're amazing. You can check them out by clicking here
WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Ultimately, I'd like to inspire as many people as possible to a beacon of hope for those who suffer in silence every day.
We welcome sponsorship of suitable products or services that will assist with the World Record attempt.
If you'd like to assist please contact Adam Brooke on 066 488 8025 or via email.
You can be part of Henry's Guinness World Record attempt by taking part in his Strava challenge.
Click here for more information.