FOR the love of his wife Francine, Brett Sammut hit the road yesterday to take part in the Pink Lads Run for the McGrath Foundation.
Francine Sammut is undergoing treatment for breast cancer, and it is the McGrath Foundation that has helped support her and her family through a harrowing journey.
The 460km Pink Lads Run from Narromine to Sydney will assist raise vital funds and awareness for the McGrath Foundation.
“With Francine going through treatment for cancer I thought it’s a great thing to do,” Mr Sammut said.
Glenn Gorick, Mal Butterfield, Mark Goodwin and John Manton form the nucleus of the Pink Lads team that will split the run into 9km sections and take part, one runner at a time, in relay style.
A long-time friend of Mr Gorick and Mr Manton, Mr Sammut led the Pink Lads team off yesterday with a one-off contribution towards the 460km journey as the team headed towards Bathurst.
He left Orange at 7am in the pouring rain for the start of his run.
“It was tough because of fog, low visibility and trucks,” he said.
Despite the difficulties, Mr Sammut said his part in the run “was nothing” compared to the challenges blind athlete Nathan Johnston will face during his contribution to the run.
“When you know that Nathan’s going to do it, it [my run] wasn’t too bad,” he said.
Mr Sammut said he ended up running 11 kilometres in the pouring rain before making the soggy trip back home to Orange.
The Pink Lads will continue their journey towards Sydney where they will compete in the Blackmores Bridge Run, as part of Blackmores Sydney Running Festival on Sunday.