Mike Allsop completes seven marathons in seven days, raising over $25,000 for KidsCan

Mike Allsop completes seven marathons in seven days, raising over $25,000 for KidsCan

Wednesday, February 27, 2013


It’s a great feat running one marathon but Auckland man, Mike Allsop has just completed seven marathons in seven days in seven continents.

The 43-year-old, of Mt Eden, has been running around the world this past week, finishing his final marathon in Auckland, at Wynyard Quarter, yesterday. He says he did so in order to "challenge myself’ but also to raise funds for children’s charity KidsCan "I climbed Mt Everest and that was a challenge that was amazing. I’ve got three young kids and I wanted to do something less dangerous, but still inspiring and hard. I thought this would do it," he said.

The adventure started in the Falkland Islands, then Santiago, Los Angeles, London, Casablanca, Hong Kong and finally Auckland. Mr Allsop touched down in the afternoon on Sunday 24th Feb to run his last marathon straight off the plane.

In an interview with the Herald last night, he acknowledged there were a few close calls and hardships he had to endure, including a lack of sleep and almost missing a flight "Yeah, there was really no sleep...

It was really tough in Casablanca because I didn’t sleep at all because I had to run the marathon "I only just managed to get on a plane in Los Angeles it was six minutes before it left, heading to London I arrived in Los Angeles at 720am, did the marathon and then got back to the airport at 4pm. I just made it.

"I learned just how strong you can be. If you focus on running 10km, then you can run 10km... I was never a runner before this. But I put my mind to it and it happened.

Julie Chapman – CEO of KidsCan says – “We are humbled with the level of support for KidsCan. Mike is truly an inspiration to all New Zealanders, especially the children we support. The funds raised will enable us to continue to provide food and clothing for kiwi kids in poverty so they can get to and through the School gates in a better position to learn.”

Mike Allsop has raised over $25,000 for KidsCan.

To donate, go to: http://www.fundraiseonline.co.nz/mikeallsop/