Carl Magri has never been a big fan of cardio workouts.

The St Albans man has always leaned towards the weight room in his exercise routine, but this weekend he’ll be tackling a half marathon to raise money for a youth mental health charity.

What’s more, he’ll be running it on one the most picturesque stretches of road in Australia as part of the Great Ocean Road Running Festival.

“I’ve never really done much running before, but I thought it would make a new challenge,” Magri said. “If you set your mind to something it’s amazing what you can do.”

Magri is raising money for the Headspace Youth Mental Health Service, a cause close to his heart.

“I work in the mental health area so I wanted to raise awareness for the work that goes on there because there’s still a negative stigma around mental illness,” he said.

Magri has been running 10-15 kilometres a day in recent weeks to get ready for the 21 kilometre run.

 

Ewen McRae