Brad Carron-Arthur takes a rest from his trek from Canberra to Cooktown as he raises funds and awareness for mental health.
Brad Carron-Arthur takes a rest from his trek from Canberra to Cooktown as he raises funds and awareness for mental health. Max Fleet

Long trek to Cape York

THREE pairs of running shoes and 2315km after he set out on an epic run across Australia, Brad Carron-Arthur stopped in Bundaberg this week to deliver his motivational message to school students.

Mr Carron-Arthur set out from Canberra on January 1 to run to the tip of Cape York, and he estimates he has 5000km and about three months to go.

He said he was motivated by a spirit of adventure and challenging himself, as well as raising money and awareness for mental health.

Mr Carron-Arthur said he had watched a member of his family struggle with depression for two decades, and seeing him beat it had been a life-changing experience for him.

"Every day I set out with a destination in mind, but ultimately it's not about setting records," he said.

"People have been hearing about me as I go and inviting me to stay in their homes."

Mr Carron-Arthur carries an 8kg backpack with a change of clothes and everyday essentials, as well as a snakebite bandage and an emergency beacon.


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