Harrison runs 24hours for batyr
One of our QLD speakers Harrison Fielding has pledged to run on a treadmill for 24 hours with a goal of raising $10,000 for batyr.
By donating $50, you can even run alongside him at World Gym Coomera, who have kindly waived the entrance fee. Donate here.
We sat down with Harrison ahead of his fundraising challenge on Tuesday 12 May to find out why he’s so passionate about batyr and youth mental health.
Who are you and what do you do with your time when you aren’t speaking for batyr?
I am 25 years old and I grew up in Logan. I’m currently working as a personal trainer on the Gold Coast. I have also just started my Bachelor of Sports and Exercise Science degree with the hopes of going down the path of athletic/sports performance.
When I am not speaking for batyr, I am helping on a project for headspace as part of their National Youth Reference Group.
Beyond that, I can be found training for my own challenges, such as the treadmill challenge, as well as a triathlon, half marathon and obstacle course race I have coming up.
Why do you want to run for batyr?
I want to run for batyr as a way to raise both funds for them but to also raise awareness of what we do. I really believe that batyr is making significant headway into eliminating the stigma associated with mental health and I want to contribute to their mission.
What does running for 24 hours mean to you?
To me, I have chosen to run for a 24-hour period as it is such a massive challenge.
When I was going through my own lived experience with mental ill-health, it took me a long time to ask for help because of stigma.
Seeing amazing feats of mental toughness and strength were things that really inspired and motivated me.
They were ultimately a huge driver for me and something that I never thought I would be able to do when I was in those dark times.
Now that my mental health has improved, pushing my body and mind is something that I feel I owe to myself, to test myself and see just how strong I can be, and prove to my old self that I was always capable, even when I didn’t feel that way.
Why are you passionate about batyr?
I am passionate about helping batyr because when I was going through my own battle, stigma was a huge factor in taking such a long time to seek help. After going such a long period without asking for help and then seeing just how rapidly things got better for me after doing so, what batyr does is something that really resonates with me.
I think that every young person should get the opportunity to see a batyr program for themselves.
Tell me about the challenge
I will be on a treadmill for 24 hours over a two-day period (12-13 May) beginning and ending at 8am.
I’m expecting to cover a total distance of between 120KM to 150KM over that period.
I will be needing all the support I can get, so if you can spare a cheeky pineapple ($50), come run alongside me for 30 minutes.
How are you preparing, both physically and mentally?
I am training regularly, slowly building up to longer and longer durations and kms each week to get my body ready.
As for the mind, I am trying to do things daily to make myself uncomfortable and push my mind, such as cold showers and uncomfortably intense training sessions as a means to provoke some mental toughness, as this is undoubtedly a challenge for the mind more than the body.
I am also doing this challenge on a purely plant based diet.
How important is physical exercise to you?
Physical exercise is hugely important to me as it has played a crucial role in my own recovery.
I did use a clinical setting at the beginning when first seeking help but I realised that it wasn’t the best fit for me.
It wasn’t until I started back with fitness that I began my recovery, discovering that it would be a main driver to stick with it.
What is one piece of advice you would give your 10year-old-self?
If I could go back in time and give my younger self some advice, I would tell him to get out of his comfort zone, explore new horizons and take the time to figure out who he is and who he wants to become.
We are so incredibly proud of Harrison. Show your support by making a donation.