Epic run helps Beyond Blue

Michael TraillNarrogin Observer
Jordan Grooby at the Adelaide Oval.
Camera IconJordan Grooby at the Adelaide Oval. Credit: Facebook

Narrogin Senior High School and Brookton-Pingelly Football Club alumni Jordan Grooby strolled into the Adelaide Oval a hero on Sunday.

In a daunting pilgrimage, running from the Melbourne Cricket Ground to Adelaide Oval in just 13 days, Mr Grooby raised more than $13,000 for mental health organisation Beyond Blue.

The 726km journey was the equivalent to running 13 ultra-marathons in 13 days.

Wanting to raise money and awareness for the service he once used, Mr Grooby surpassed his goal of $10,000 and garnered the support of three of WA's biggest sporting clubs.

Perth Wildcats donated a Jersey personally signed by their 2017 championship-winning side to Beyond the Border, the online campaign which followed Mr Grooby's journey live.

Six tickets to the Dockers' round 18 clash with the Swans, plus a signed and framed poster of 2018 Norm Smith Medallist Luke Shuey were also auctioned to raise money, alongside signed guernseys from the Melbourne and Hawthorne football clubs.

Starting his incredible journey on June 18, Grooby endured sub-zero nights, rainy Victorian skies, foggy mornings and up to 72km of running a day on his way across the South Australian border.

Human after all, Grooby was struck with minor injuries early on, with foot issues and knee soreness hampering the avid runner on days two and three.

In Horsham, on day five, Grooby was forced to seek the help of local podiatrists at Elite Podiatry Centre for therapies including dry needling and shockwave treatment.

If the running was not enough, he made time for interviews with local radio stations and stints of volunteering while en route.

The Pingelly Hockey Cub were set to host their “All Aboard the Mental Health Bus” 50km walk from Narrogin to Pingelly on the same day Grooby arrived at Adelaide Oval.

However the event was called off the night before because Main Roads had not signed off on the traffic management plan.

The walk was moved to the Pingelly Golf Club.

Members of Pingelly sporting clubs walked more than 500km combined, raising more than $4000 for the Regional Men’s Health Initiative.

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