Enda Brady is a London-based Sky News correspondent, a regular guest speaker on WA’s 6PR and is affectionately known as the Marathon Man. His impressive running resume includes 30 marathons and a recent finish in an epic 100km race called ‘Race to the Stones’. Running a marathon in WA has always been a dream for Enda – a dream that will soon become a reality!
This year, he’ll be toeing the line at the Chevron City to Surf for Activ in Perth. He’s hugely excited to meet all the athletes and their families at the start line – and to join them for a nice cold beer after he crosses the finish line.
“With so many friends, listeners, and people who have always gone out of their way for me, it means the world to come to WA and run the City to Surf. I have never run a kilometre on Australian soil in my life, and it’s time I put that right,” said Enda.
Enda is hoping to complete 100 marathons. To date, he’s finished 30 – with 5 of those 30 marathons over just 5 days in the brutal Kenyan heat. Eliud Kipchoge, the fastest marathoner in history, greeted Enda at the finish line of the 5th marathon with a medal.
While he raises funds for a number of charities, raising money for breast cancer is incredibly important to him. His mum was diagnosed with breast cancer 7 years ago. Her cancer was diagnosed early and she received the best treatment and surgery and survived. Raising money for cancer is Enda’s way of giving back for the care and support that his mum received.
During his fundraising efforts for the Eve Appeal in the UK, Enda said:
“My mother survived breast cancer because she was very fortunate to get an early diagnosis. Then I saw the statistics for ovarian cancer and I was horrified. I was shocked that so many women are not getting the same fighting chance. So much more needs to be done in the fight against women’s cancers. More research, more awareness, more fundraising.”
Enda is fun-raising for Breast Cancer Care WA at this year’s Chevron City to Surf for Activ. Breast Cancer Care WA is a WA charity that provides essential physical, emotional and financial support and care to people affected by breast cancer.
In the spirit of fun-raising, Enda will be racing a horse at his On Track with Enda event. A portion of the funds raised from the event will go to Breast Cancer Care WA. You can find out more about Enda’s event at Gloucester Park here.
The Challenges Ahead
While Enda is a very experienced marathoner, he doesn’t expect the Chevron City to Surf for Activ to be a walk in the park. He expects the Australian weather to play a role in his time for the marathon and isn’t confident that he’ll be able to chase down a Personal Best in Perth.
His best time for a marathon is just over 3 hours and 22 minutes. He recorded that at last year’s Absolute Moscow Marathon – on a day where the thermometer topped out at 14 degrees.
Perth is likely to be a nippy 16-18 degrees come race day – so we wish Enda all the luck hitting a PR in Perth.
Enda has also suggested the week of excellent food and drink in WA in the week leading up to his race might slightly hinder his marathon time. We can probably all agree that Perth’s food is worth the sacrifice of a PR. Feel free to come and support Enda Brady (and the thousands of other participants) on 25 August 2019 at the Perth City to Surf. Or sign up yourself if you’re feeling inspired after reading Enda’s story!