FOND FAREWELL: David Alley leaves Oakes Oval in Lismore on his Race Around Australia to raise funds for depression.
FOND FAREWELL: David Alley leaves Oakes Oval in Lismore on his Race Around Australia to raise funds for depression. Marc Stapelberg

VIDEO: Runner taking 14,000km in his stride for depression

DAVID Alley was farewelled by a crowd of supporters at Lismore's Oakes Oval yesterday as he began his Race Around Australia.

He is attempting to run an average 80 kilometres per day for six months for a total of over 14,000 kilometres.

After a rub down and with just minutes to go before embarking on his world record attempt to run around the continent, a relaxed and confident Mr Alley was "feeling good and ready to go."

"It's great to see people out in support," he said.

"I'm just looking forward to getting on the road."

Mr Alley said the first few days of a massive expedition are all about settling into a rhythm.

"I want to make it happen," he said.

His mental preparation was to take the focus away from the huge challenge, and instead break it down into manageable units.

"The overall target is so daunting I try not to think about it," he said.

"It is a matter of doing it day to day, and hour by hour."

After he cycled around Australia in 2011, Mr Alley was buoyed by the support he received and felt he had another challenge in him.

"When he is doing it tough we want him to remember that Lismore is cheering for him," Mr Lowe said.

Mr Alley went to school in Alstonville and was proud to make Lismore the starting and end point for his world record attempt.

The 39-year old only came to ultra endurance sport about eight years ago.

"I always said I would do something special by the time I was 40," he said.

"And I am almost there."



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