River run with a difference: Get set for marathon effort this week

President of SOLiD Men, Lance Rogers. Photo: Melinda Jane.
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A group of Penrith men will be attempting to run a marathon this weekend to promote men’s health.

President of SOLiD Men, Lance Rogers said this Saturday, June 8 the group will be running six laps of the Nepean River from 12pm to 6pm starting and finishing at Laughin’ Boy Café.

“We’ve called it the ‘Check 6’ challenge and it’s the first time we have put something like this on,” Rogers said.

“Check 6 is one of our three core values which talks to our men being vulnerable and also accountable to each other and for men to look out for each other.

“So, we wanted to put an event on that could bring the community together but also provide a new unique challenge for some of our fitter guys.

“So, what we will be doing is running laps of the Nepean River’s bridge-to-bridge on the hour, every hour, for six hours.”

As a registered not-for-profit organisation, they will be taking donations on the day and all funds will be put back into running the group.

SOLiD Men runs free workouts every weekend where men can exercise and check in with each other.

“The core of what we do is free workouts [to] get the guys together [and] it’s peer led,” Rogers said.

“Different men get the opportunity to lead each week and they encourage the guys before they start and then afterwards, we get together and have coffee and everyone gets the opportunity to chat and share how they’re going.”

The fitness group encourages all men and all skill levels to join.

“If you come along it doesn’t matter if you can do the entire workout; you can adapt, you can do less reps, you can do different movements, it is just about getting involved,” he said.

The group has a strong focus of supporting men’s mental health.

“I think it is important for men to come together and talk about challenges they’ve got and encourage each other,” Rogers said.

“We are focused on not just working on men’s mental health and getting them out of dark places but actually encouraging them to be strong leaders in their families, their communities and their workplaces.”

If you want to join the group or support them this weekend visit http://www.solidmen.com.au or their Facebook page for more information.

Elly Hemmons

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