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Pounding the pavement for mental health


While most of us are warm and snug in our beds tonight, Newcastle athlete Lyndsay Walker will be pounding the pavement for 19 hours straight to raise awareness of mental health.

The Newy 100 Founder, who kicks off his marathon effort at midnight, will complete a continuous 3.8-kilometre loop from the kiosk at Nobbys Beach to the breakwall and back.

Mr Walker, a former professional cricketer, has previously embarked on similar events to raise money for charities.

His past fundraisers include a 12-hour climb on the 78-step concrete staircase at Merewether Baths for Soldier On in 2017, and the Newy 100, which raised more than $50,000 for Lifeline earlier this year.

This time around, his goal is simply to promote the benefits of physical exercise, particularly during times of social isolation.

Lifeline representative Julie Wicks and Newy 100 Founder Lyndsay Walker at Merewether Beach late last year. Photo: Peter Stoop

“It’s just to raise awareness of mental health, as well as Newcastle and the breakwall,” he says.

“I guess that’s what the Newy 100 was all about too – local people, local city and promoting mental health.

“Anyone can come and join me, but we can’t have more than 10 people and obviously have to stick to the 1.5-metre [social distancing] rule.”

Mr Walker aims to complete the event at 7pm tomorrow (Saturday 23 May).

Follow his efforts via Newy 100 on Instagram.

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