Run of support for kids' charity

20:57, Aug 04 2011
Ido Drent
RUNNING FOR RONALD: TV star Ido Drent will finish his 900km relay at the Grafton Mews Ronald McDonald House on Sunday, marking a week of running for the charity.

Shortland Street star Ido Drent has put his body on the line to give sick children and their families at the Ronald McDonald Houses a better life.

This week the Ponsonby resident is pounding the pavement from Wellington to Auckland, all in the name of charity.

Drent will join Many Miles for Mary, a group organised by Jamie Milne dedicated to raising money for charity by running.

"I'm expecting a lot of pain and mental trials but this is something I've committed to," says Ido, who plays Daniel Potts on the Kiwi soap.

The team will run relay style from the Wellington Ronald McDonald House to the Grafton Mews House jogging a massive 900km in one week.

Ido has planned to run 30km every day in his bid to reach the Grafton Mews Ronald McDonald House by 1pm on Sunday.

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He says even though he does not enjoy running that much, after talking to Jamie and visiting the Ronald McDonald House in Auckland, he was amazed at what the houses do and wanted to help out.

"I was at the gym working out and I met Jamie. We started talking and I agreed to do it. The Ronald McDonald Houses have helped 45,000 families which is pretty impressive," he says.

Ido entered into the run with a virus and is still recovering from injuries incurred during the rigorous training scheme he has put his body through.

He pulled out of the second leg of the relay through Manawatu on Monday after being admitted to hospital with a suspected case of meningitis.

"I've picked up a few injuries like arch pain, runner's knee and an injured Achilles but I've got nothing to prove to anyone. I'm going to give it my best shot and see where I end up."

Ido began a three-month high intensity training course to get him fit enough for the relay.

"We would only run about 15km a week. There was a lot of varied movement against the clock," he says.

"My family and friends think I'm crazy but they back me however crazy it is."

Ronald McDonald House Auckland chief executive Wayne Howett says: "We are thrilled that Ido and the team from Many Miles for Mary have chosen us as their charity. Their enthusiasm has been overwhelming and we're looking forward to cheering them across the finish line when the arrive at the house next week."

Funds raised will go towards the stage two development of the Grafton Mews family accommodation facility.

Visit www.manymilesfor mary.co.nz for more information on the team or to donate.

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