He biked around Australia, now he is running it... twice!

DAVE Alley found he still had a bit left in the tank after biking around Australia in 2011.

So two weeks ago he set out from Lismore to do the journey again on foot, and completed the Ilbilbie to Mackay leg yesterday.

"It's not the sort of thing you can just wake up and decide to do one day, I've run 100-300km a week for the last three years," Mr Alley said.

"And I was still in pretty good shape from biking around Australia."

Best mate Dave Lees who was with him for the bike ride, friend David Arnold and dietician Afton Cahill drove beside Mr Alley as he chugged along the Bruce Hwy, their main priorities making sure the runner had food, water and a plan for the day.

"He rotates shoes three times a day, and we have 20 pairs on board," Mr Lees said.

"He burns through a pair every 750km."

While Mr Alley raised money for the Royal Flying Doctor with his bike ride, donations for this effort would go to the White Cloud Foundation, which raises awareness for depression and anxiety.

He had raised $15,000 for the cause so far, but by the time he has ran another 12,700km he hoped to hit $100,000.

"We were really blown away with the statistics when it comes to depression in this country," Mr Lees said. "And as 90% of Australia is regional, rural or remote where farmers have had a real battle with mental illness because of drought, we wanted to provide inspiration."

But despite the Dave's optimism, running two marathons every day was no walk in the park.

"Every day I'm close to tears at the thought of it," he said.

"But I've made the commitment to it now and want to follow it through."

To donate head to or see David Alley "Race Around Australia" on Facebook.

Marathon effort from mates

MACKAY'S David Arnold rode around Australia in the '90s.

But unlike his mate Dave Alley, he wasn't rearing to do it again and certainly not on foot.

"I'd never want to do it again," he said, with a laugh.

"But I like coming out and cheering Dave on. I was hoping to be a part of the (support) crew for a week, but I think I'll only get two days."

Getting time off work was no problem for dietician Afton Cahill, who despite still being at uni signed up to travel as part of Mr Alley's support crew around the entire circumference of Australia.

The student was in charge of making sure Mr Alley ate three meals a day, as well as snacks every hour.

"There's just so much food he has to eat, he's burning about 5000-6000 calories a day," she said.

"It's hard for him to eat that amount."

If everything goes to plan Mr Alley was expected to be back around October, so Lismore-based school principal Dave Lees took long service leave to lead the crew.

"We've been best mates for a while, and decided we both had to do something big before we turned 40," Mr Lees said.

"So Dave is doing the running (for his) and I organised the logistics, the sponsorship, the safety and everything (for mine)."

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