The news of a brand new running event taking place in his backyard twigged something in the mind of Perth local Julian Strudwick. Although just an average runner - he knew he could put his energy towards something more than the just the run alone. So he pulled together a relay team of mates to tackle the 80km from Hamelin Bay to Wilyabrup head-on.
Team Saba - Ultra Marathon was formed to help raise awareness and funds for the Saba Rose Button Foundation, and close friends The Greens. Here’s Julian’s story.
Name: Julian Strudwick
Nickname: Jules, Struddy, Banana Boy (don’t take a banana on a Boat)
Lives: Hillarys, Kalgoorlie for 35 Years though!
Sporting Background: Bit of a battler, a genuine Ressies Football Player, Tail end Slogger in the Friendlies Cricket Association and Bowl ‘Medium Puss’ often referred to as a bit of Wobble’, always enjoyed running, and aim to complete a Marathon in 2018.
Years running: Does running away from my big brother when I was 3 years old count? Always enjoyed Cross Country Running as a young kid in Kalgoorlie. Ran numerous ACC races at Perry Lakes and the Running Leg of Triathlons in my youth with Quentin Green doing the Swim, and Shanon Sime the cycle. We were quite the team
Upcoming events: Margaret River Ultra Marathon in May, Goldfields Pipeline Half Marathon in July
Motto: Continue to garnish the respect of those around you daily by putting good deeds into action. Be considerate and Goal Orientated.
Q) What drove you to run more for just running alone, and use your running for a cause outside of yourself?
I think a good deed deserves some recognition and if by running this ultra marathon is a good deed, then recognition to the Saba Rose Button Foundation will be a bonus.
Q) What made you choose to run for the Saba Rose Button Foundation?
I have a close connection to Russel and Helen Green whose daughter Bonny has started life with some challenges. They are magnificent people as are the Buttons so it was a fait accompli.
Q) In what ways are you drawn to assisting your friend, his family and others out there whose children have special needs as well as the Saba Rose Button Foundation? And how do you hope to help?
I don’t see myself as an overly benevolent person, really trying to help when I can as I know many people would do the same for me. The world should work this way.
Q) What sort of runner would you regard yourself and have you been involved in many sporting events so far?
Maybe average at best… my running style has been defined as “Emu”. I was actively involved in Aussie Rules, Cricket, did a bit of swimming, and if fishing is a sport then I love fishing, and game fishing.
Q) Other than raising funds, why else do you want to do this run?
I guess to challenge myself, preservation of mental health maybe as well. Try and ensure a good balance between my family, children, my work, and overall physical health.
Q) How has training been going so far?
Really enjoying some coastal runs in Hillarys, some running in Kalgoorlie as well. Mostly road running but starting to hit the sand.
Q) What are you most looking forward to about running through the forests, trails, beaches and bluffs on the beautiful Cape to Cape coastline in South West WA, for the Margaret River Ultra Marathon?
In the words of Darryl Kerrigan in the movie “The Castle” – “How’s the Serenity” the backdrop is worth a thousand words.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Julian, all the very best to you and Team Saba - Ultra Marathon with training, and we look forward to seeing you at the Margaret River Ultra Marathon this May 5th.
TO MAKE A DONATION TO TEAM SABA ULTRA MARATHON
If you are inspired by Julian and would like to help support Team Saba - Ultra Marathon, Bonny Green and the Saba Button Rose Foundation, head to the fundraising page HERE
More information on the Foundation
For more information on the Saba Rose Button Foundation go to: http://www.sababutton.org/
You can also follow the Foundation on Facebook - @sabarosebuttonfoundation
Who is Saba Rose and why the foundation was originally established
The SABA ROSE BUTTON FOUNDATION is a not-for-profit charity focussed on raising funds to help children who have special needs and their families. The funds raised will pay for these special children to participate in ‘intensive blocks’ of physiotherapy, for specialised equipment that is needed, for parental respite and for care in the home.
The Saba Rose Button Foundation was originally established to help a special little girl named Saba, to learn more http://www.sababutton.org/sabas-story . However, since her compensation in 2014, Saba is no longer eligible to access the SRB Foundation. The Saba Rose Button Foundation is now solely running for the benefit of OTHER special needs children.
The Foundation has been ATO endorsed as a tax deductible recipient (DGR). The Foundation Trustees are Daniel Cloghan, Ian Williams, Graeme Carty Michael Button and Rick Martin
For more about the Margaret River Ultra Marathon head to www.MRUltramarathon.com.au