Meet the man running 92 marathons across Africa for charity

Brendan says the support and kindness of those he's met has been "overwhelming". Credit: Brenden Rendall

A teaching assistant who only started running because of a drunken bet with friends is now taking on one of the toughest endurance challenges imaginable.

Brendan Randall is running 4000km coast to coast across Africa - the equivalent of running 92 marathons in as many days.

He set of from the Namibian coast two months ago - and is now more than halfway through his epic challenge.


run from start to finish


countries travelled through


pairs of trainers worn out


calories needed a day

He'll pass through four countries during the marathon challenge. Credit: Brenden Rendall

Brendan has been camping in the bush, or staying in schools, police stations, or accomodation offered by supportive strangers.

He say's he's been overwhelmed with kindness - and the members of the public who join him on short stints of his run are what keeps him going.

I've been blown away by the messages of support across social media. There have been dark days, dark moments, but these messages have kepy me going, especially everyone back in Manchester and Somerset, so thank you very much.

Brenden Randall

The teaching assistant from Salford is raising money for the Friends of Mulanje Orphans - a Preston based charity supporting some of Malawi's most vulnerable children.

He wants to raise £75,000 to build accommodation which will allow 88 orphans to stay in school.

Lise McNally caught up with Brendan around the 70 marathon mark: