New routes for marathon effort

Jeff Tooth is proud to have opened the mental health conversation. Picture: Chris Lane

Jeff Tooth is proud to have opened the mental health conversation. Picture: Chris Lane

The destination has changed, but the determination remains.

Jeff Tooth – a mental health advocate and well-known busker in the Campbelltown area – is mere days away from beginning his self-assigned task: complete five marathons in five days in the name of mental health.

The Leppington resident had originally planned to run his marathons in the Macarthur region, but has since had a change of plans.

His first marathon – on Saturday, October 1 – will be the Western Sydney Marathon in Penrith.

He will then run around either Campbelltown Stadium or Bradbury Oval – pending approval from Campbelltown Council – while on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday he will complete his marathons in Sydney’s Centennial Park.

“Preparation is going really well,” he told the Advertiser.

“Lots of people have wished me luck and congratulated me on the street.”

Mr Tooth hoped to raise $10,000 for his marathon effort and open the conversation about mental health.

The 51-year-old has himself been a sufferer of various mental illnesses for more than 30 years.

And his efforts have worked – Mr Tooth believes he has “absolutely” gotten people talking about mental health.

He’s also influenced others to take up the cause.

“A couple of people have said they will run with me,” he said.

“A lady from the Schizophrenia Fellowship is going to join me for a while on Sunday and ultramarathon runner [and former Macarthur MP] Pat Farmer is going to run with me on the Monday.”

Mr Tooth said he was proud he had inspired people and received plenty of positive feedback.

“It makes me very happy,” he said.

“I seem to be making a difference – I’m quite proud.”

Help Jeff Tooth reach his fundraising goal at give.everydayhero.com/au/no-limits-to-mental-health-run.

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