Who is Malcolm Law?
Malcolm Law, known to his friends as ‘Mal’, is an ordinary man with some extraordinary (some might say “crazy”) ideas. Over the last few years, he has added to a lifelong passion for peak-bagging a love for long-distance trail running.
In 2009, he became the first person to run New Zealand’s 7 mainland Great Walks in 7 days, which proved to be a life-changing experience for him. His passion for exploring on foot led to a second ‘7in7’ challenge and a run along the entirety of the South West Coast Path in the UK (all 1,014km of it) in a record time of 17 days. All of these adventures were charity fundraisers and collectively raised almost $300,000.
His mission is to inspire ordinary people to attempt extraordinary things.
The High Five-0 is a massive undertaking. Has anything quite like it ever been done before?
No. If successful, it will be a world-first. Even Mal is not sure it’s possible but as he says “if I knew for sure I could succeed then it wouldn’t be worth doing would it!”
How do you train for something like this?
Mal is fortunate to live on the edge of the steep, rugged and beautiful Southern Alps in the resort town of Wanaka. It’s the perfect training ground as the ‘Training for an Epic’ video links show.
What support does Mal have?
The Challenge has caught the imagination of people worldwide, who are following the build-up and cheering Mal on via the High Five-0 Facebook Page. Travelling with Mal will be his wife Sally (in charge of Support & Logistics), a dedicated cook, a camera crew and a media liaison person. He also has some 250 runners joining him on a day-by-day basis, so he will never be alone in the hills.
Where will he be sleeping?
When not taking advantage of the many offers of accommodation that generous, hospitable Kiwis have made, Mal and his crew will sleep in self-contained motorhomes, a poular mode of travel in New Zealand.
How much travel is involved?
Fortunately for Mal, New Zealand is a compact country crammed full of amazing trails and mountains. So there’s seldom more than an hour or two of driving in a day. All the more time for sleeping, which is just as well!
Is he using public trails? Could I run or walk them myself another time?
Yes. More than one-third of New Zealand’s landmass is public conservation land and the majority of the running that Mal will do is on the vast network of easily accessed trails that criss-cross the many varied landscapes that he will encounter.
How do I donate?
Excellent question. Donations to the Mental Health Foundation NZ can be made via Mal’s fundraising page. 100% of money donated goes to the charity as all costs are being met by commercial sponsors and Mal himself.
Feat of endurance to be attempted in NZ