Brendan Rendall took up running in 2006 after a New Year’s Eve bet to run a half marathon, with no running experience, Brendan would train in the mornings when it was dark so no one could see him. Three months later and 3 stone lighter, he went on to complete his first half marathon in a respectable time of 1hr 24 mins and a month later his first 10km in 38 mins.
This newly disciplined lifestyle would see him race regularly before taking on his first marathons in 2009 where he completed 2 marathons within 3 weeks, both sub 3hrs15mins.
During 2009 he also visited Malawi as part of a charity team cycling across this incredible African country. Invigorated with a new sense of adventure and a passionate drive to make a positive difference, he was inspired to change career from retail management to began a new chapter of working with children and young adults with autism.
2011 saw him cycling John O Groats to Lands End in 13 days and then competing the London Marathon the following day.
Selling most of his possessions to declutter and raise funds, he spent 2012 – 2014 traveling the world with highlights including; trekking the Himalayas, boating through the Amazonian rain forest and tiger spotting in the jungles of India.
Returning to the UK, Brendan turned his focus back to Malawi where he had the ambition of running the full length of this African country. During 2015, to build up his endurance, he completed a number of marathons, 50km Ultra marathons and ran the famous Wainwright 192 mile coast to coast (self supported) through the Lake District, North Yorkshire Dales and North Yorkshire Moors in 8 days.
In July 2016 he realised his dream of becoming the 1st person to run the full length of Malawi, 708 miles in 27 days raising an incredible £35,354 which funded the construction of a Science and Art building for the FOMO secondary school, a charity in southern Malawi which supports orphans.
To end an incredible year, on returning from Malawi, Brendan ran the length of Great Britain – John O Groats to Lands End in 35 days.