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Nic’s birthday pursuit ‘going the distance’


While turning 40 might be a “fly under the radar” occasion for some, the same can’t be said for Novocastrian Nic Brady.

To celebrate his upcoming milestone, the Elermore Vale athlete will try something a little different.

He’ll hit the pavement to undertake 40km daily for 40 days, finishing on 18 May – his actual birthday.

Better yet, he’s aiming to raise $40,000 in the process for the John Hunter Children’s Hospital (JHCH).

Even though Nic’s already started the journey, the concept for the challenge dated back to December when he first had the idea.

“When I initially thought of running 40km on my birthday, I’m like, ‘that’s too easy’,” he said.

“So, I’ll do 40km for 40 days instead.”

After floating it past his wife Gelina, Nic said he was received with her usual reaction to his outlandish notions, questioning why he must be so extreme.

“It’s my personality type,” he explained, a trait that will now cost him 1600km on foot.

“I embrace it and just run with it.

“The hard part was choosing what charity to support.”

Photo: Nu Focus Photography

When asked why he elected JHCH, Nic told the Newcastle Weekly that he was blessed to have two healthy and happy children, Louis, 10, and Summer, 6, and couldn’t imagine life if that wasn’t the case.

The Newcastle-based facility is one of only three children’s hospitals in NSW.

Over the course of just one year, it treats almost 25,000 youngsters in the emergency department, admits 9,000 and performs more than 100,000 services through outpatient clinics.

Nic added he was also inspired by Gelina, who works as a midwife at John Hunter Hospital [JHH] in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit [NICU].

“For me, it made sense to go with a charity that’s up the road from our house,” he said.

“I like the fact that it’s so close. It’s [the money] affecting something I can see, as opposed to a big organisation.

“At the end, even if the $40,000 can go to supporting just a few families, that would be amazing.

“It’s [trek] going to suck no matter what… I couldn’t train for it, so it’s gonna’ hurt.

“But, I’m not going to regret it.”

As the Newy Fried Chicken owner, The Newcastle Hotel general manager, a husband and father to two kids currently on school holidays, Nic confessed the feat was self-indulgent.

“Although it’s raising money, it’s still a selfish pursuit,” he said.

“However, I’m grateful to have the assistance from my workplace staff, as well as my wife.

“It’s a team effort.”

Nic admitted the finish line, on Thursday 18 May, would be a welcome sight.

“I’ve visualised it and that’s been helpful for me,” he noted.

“When I’m running and it’s hard and I’m sore, it’s good to picture it.”

And, on day 40, he’s planning to end at The Newcastle Hotel, surrounded by friends and loved ones, with $40,000 secured.

“I’d like to run from The Newy, out to Belmont and back to wrap it all up,” Nic told the Newcastle Weekly.

“It would be cool to run some of it with my son Louis, who’s keen to do the last 10km with me.”

Nic will spend roughly four hours a day to complete the conquest.

Luckily, his competitive nature keeps him motivated.

“The run, I can do, I’ll push through and get it done,” he said.

“But, now, it’s the $40,000.

“We’ve got to get the 40 grand, that’s the main focus.”

So far, more than 40 donations have rolled in, totalling in excess of $2,500.

If you feel like lacing your runners between now and 18 May, Nic said he was always up for a partner.

This Sunday (16 April), he is joining in on the NewRun Marathon.

“I saw it and thought I may as well sign up, I have to run 40km anyway,” Nic said.

You can stay up to date with his progress on his Instagram or donation page:

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