Mammoth run helps Daniel raise $10k

Daniel Hackwell raises $10,000 by running 100km


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Penola's Daniel Hackwell put his body to the test to help drought-affected families, running 100 kilometres in a day and raising more than $10,000.

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RUNNING MAN: Daniel Hackwell (far left) took on the challenge of a 100km run from Penola to Mount Gambier to raise funds for drought relief, and got plenty of support along the way.

RUNNING MAN: Daniel Hackwell (far left) took on the challenge of a 100km run from Penola to Mount Gambier to raise funds for drought relief, and got plenty of support along the way.

Daniel Hackwell says sitting around talking about issues is “all well and good”, but unless you are prepared to get up and do something about it, your words are likely to have little impact.

Instead, the Penola footy player and gym manager, along with wife Kirsty, decided to let his feet and fitness do the talking to make a difference for farming families in SA, by running 100 kilometres in a day to raise more than $10,000.

Running from Penola to Millicent and on to Mount Gambier, Mr Hackwell, 32, was flanked by his wife, 30, on a bike for the whole distance and joined for stints by up to 30 other runners.

“It was pretty amazing that for the whole 100km we would have been on our own for just 5km,” he said.

“People came out to run with us and also to support us along the way.”

While Mr Hackwell has previously run the Melbourne Marathon, he said the two-and-a-bit marathons done for his fundraising run was a big task.

“The next week was terrible for me … it was a very, very long week,” he said.

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