A Deeside man has completed the North Face 100km ‘Ultramarathon’ in Australia’s world famous Blue Mountains for a cause close to his heart.
Dr Alex Strachan, formerly of Aboyne and now a resident of Adelaide, decided to take on the challenge of running the elite endurance race on May 17 to raise money for charity ‘Beyondblue.’
Beyondblue focuses on depression and anxiety, which together account for at least half of all mental health problems.
Alex said: “I work full-time in mental health as a psychiatry registrar.
‘‘I have been impressed by the dedication of many individuals quietly striving to make a difference in mental health.
‘‘orking every day in the mental health system, it is clear to me that more resources are needed to fund care, research, and to work on reducing stigma and educating people about mental health issues.”
Alex moved Down Under, three years ago to work as a psychiatrist, but gained his love of running as young boy, nipping around the fields in Birse.
He said: “I also scared my mum when I was very young by running up part of Cairngorm after she said I couldn’t do it and I was gone for long enough for her to be worried.
‘‘Whenever I am home to Aboyne, I love running up the Fungle and around the hill tracks in Glen Tanar - which is especially beautiful.”
“I was really pleased with my result in The North Face 100, finishing in 13h 38m 47s and earning the coveted silver belt buckle, which is given out to sub-14-hour finishers (only the male and female winners receive a gold buckle and over 20 hours gets bronze)”
So far, Alex has raised over $3000 via charity website Everyday hero (give.everydayhero.com/au/run100k).
He said: “I’ve had a few people in the North-east and other parts of Scotland whose support I’ve really appreciated.”