Tradie in marathon run for the homeless

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Nedd Brockmann is pounding the pavement from Perth to Sydney with a world record and good cause in mind.

The 23-year-old sparkie is running almost 4000km from Cottesloe to Bondi in just 40 days.

And there is more to the cross-country pursuit than just distance and time.

A born and bred country boy, Mr Brockmann could not believe the number of homeless people in Sydney when he first found out.

A recent report by the City of Sydney found hundreds of people slept rough or in unsafe accommodation within its council area.

It is estimated thousands of people are homeless on any one night across the city.

Mr Brockmann hopes to raise $1 million for charity to increase awareness and provide frontline care.

It isn't the first time the sparkie is running in support of tackling homelessness.

In 2020, he raised almost $100,000 after running 50 marathons in 50 days.

It was during his 12th marathon that he came up with the idea of running across Australia.

"Nedd's ultimate aim is to help homeless people, people who don't have the same opportunities as Nedd and a lot of other Australians," a spokesman told AAP.

Mr Brockmann is also running the width of Australia to set a new world record for speed.

The Guinness World Record is 67 days - he aims to finish the run on October 9 after starting on September 1.

If he achieves the goal the record will be smashed by almost a month.

In his first 17 days, Mr Brockmann ran from WA to South Australia, a distance of just over 1000km.

He has so far copped blood blisters, maggots burrowing into his big toe, knee pain and delirium.

"Every single step hurts but his mental strength is unbelievable," his spokesman said.

The sparkie has a team of eight including his girlfriend Jemma Griffin, best mate Brad Farley, and his parents.

They provide him with food, water and medical treatment.

A physio also accompanies him while a support team liaises with police and traffic authorities.

Mr Brockmann has received support from celebrities including comedian Hamish Blake and rockstar Jimmy Barnes.

While a video from Kiwi mixed martial artist Israel Adesanya sent Mr Brockmann into tears.

"So many people are messaging Nedd to let him know that his run is inspiring them to help them through their own personal issues," his spokesman said.

"This is really special to Nedd, knowing that his run is not just helping raise money, but also actually helping people."

Mr Brockmann was 1900km into his run across the Nullarbor Plain as of Friday night, keeping his world record dream alive.

He has so far raised almost $260,000.

Donations can be made at neddsrecordrun.com/dontate-now