Famed for running the length of Malawi in just 27 days, Brendan Rendall raised over £35,000 for the charity FOMO: Friends of Mulanje Orphans. He has completed numerous races including the John O’ Groats to Lands End, which saw him clock up well over 700 miles and has set his sights on Hadrian’s Wall and the Wales Coastal Path in 2017. Recently selected Ordnance Survey #Getoutside Champion 2016, he hopes to share his passion for the outdoors with you.
how has #run1000miles been so far for you?
So 2017 has started really well. I was back in my home town Wincanton, Somerset for Christmas and New Year, which was a great way to start #Run1000Miles challenge, running in the beautiful Somerset countryside. I have started off very slowly, easing back into running after the amount of miles I covered last year.
how are you finding fitting in the miles?
I was actually covering 40 miles a week before Christmas and felt great. However, since the New Year I have felt tired during running, so decided to reduce my mileage to 20 miles a week. My slow start has been due to a cold and I am currently on a course of antibiotics for tonsillitis. I am now feeling much better and hope to be back running by the end of the month. If other people are struggling to fit in the miles because of colds, other health issues or work commitments, just keep focused and try to get out and run as much as you can at every opportunity, even if its 1 mile, 3 or more. Over time we will all naturally be running further, so the miles we feel we are behind can be caught up quickly.
What are your tips for running kit?
Essential kit for trail running is having enough water, a charged up phone, snacks and appropriate clothing for the weather. Maps can also come in handy, depending your route. There are a great range of bags that can carry all essential items, small medial bags etc.
HOW ARE YOU FUELLING #RUN1000MILES?
Those that joined me whilst running John O’ Groats to Land’s End last year know that I have my routine two pints of Lime and Soda on long runs. I’m more of a morning runner, so for me it’s a pint of water, banana and a coffee before a run. I eat a lot of porridge, fish, vegetables and fruit at the moment to try and reduce my weight. For longer mileage I eat lots of gnocchi, pasta, peanut butter and jam sandwiches and popcorn.
what keeps you motivated out on the trails?
I always think the days that you struggle the most, where you start slow, or you struggle to even leave the front door, gives you the biggest sense of achievement when you've done it. It’s the tough moments/days when we learn the most about ourselves. If I have tough days out on the trails for me music is a key player to keeping me focused. I always know that I'll feel great once I've achieved and overcome that tough moment. This also shows us how much further we can actually push ourselves. I also tend to slow down if I have a bad patch, get back into a good rhythm, enjoy my surroundings and remain focused.
I love the quote: "Tough runs don't last, tough runners do".
what words of wisdom do you have for your fellow runners?
It’s not about being the fastest or reaching 1000 miles the quickest; it’s about reaching the goal together as one team and inspiring each other along the way.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT #RUN1000MILES?
The #Run1000miles challenge is such an incredible idea. Not only is it promoting people to get outside and become more active, but its pulling people together.
HOW FAR DO YOU USUALLY RUN EACH WEEK?
It depends on what challenges or races I have planned, so it does vary from 20 miles up to 80 miles per week, but on average I usually cover 40 miles a week.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO ABOUT RUNNING 1000 MILES YOURSELF IN 2017?
I’m really looking forward to being able to share #Run1000Miles and inspire people to join the challenge and share our runs.
HOW EASY/HARD DO YOU THINK THIS CHALLENGE WILL BE FOR YOU?
The challenge should be quite straight forward for me as I am planning to run Hadrian's Wall and the Wales Coastal path in 2017, along with some other races.
WHAT/WHO IS GOING TO KEEP YOU MOTIVATED?
Living in such a crazy time with technology, getting outside and enjoying the moment is hugely important and keeps me motivated. This summer I ran the length of Malawi and Great Britain. Achieving these feats have really inspired and motivated me to train harder and plan an even bigger challenge – so this challenge is a great motivator to remain focused.
IS THERE ANYTHING THAT MIGHT SCUPPER YOU?
No. Even if I experience an injury I will still be focused to complete it, even if it means high mileage in the last week!
WHAT SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNEL(S) SHOULD PEOPLE FOLLOW YOU ON?
Twitter and Instagram @helpfomo35
Facebook - Brendan Rendall
DO YOU HAVE A WEBSITE YOU WANT TO DIRECT PEOPLE TO?
ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO TELL TRAIL RUNNING READERS BEFORE YOU START THE #RUN1000MILES CHALLENGE WITH THEM?
Firstly, I am not a natural born runner. I only started running in 2006 after a drunken bet and a life of partying on the Manchester club scene (years of lost weekends), debt and being inactive. I was incredibly overweight and in my early 20s reached a 42" waist. I am very open about my battle with food, often binging and gaining weight. In March 2016 I was injured and reached 17st 2. In July 2016 I went on to run the full length of Malawi - 708 miles in 27 days, before heading back to the UK to run the famous John O’ Groats to Lands End, 962 miles in 35 days. Anyone sat at home thinking they can’t do it, I really am someone who shows that anything is possible with passion and drive.