Former Yeovil College student has been announced as a Yeovil College Ambassador. Brendan Rendall has committed the last ten years of his life to raising money to support thousands of vulnerable children in Malawi, through extreme sporting excellence.

Brendan attended Yeovil College between 1995 – 1998 studying business studies and Leisure and Tourism. He is currently a teacher is Special Educational needs and has recently graduated with a PGCE. He recognised that his very own journey started here at the College and he is determined to give something back to inspire the next generation. Delivering motivational speeches, in his own time, to students and schools and most recently being selected to stand alongside Paula Radcliffe at The National Running Show, January 2019, he is focused upon his mission to inspire.

Over the years Brendan has transformed his life beyond recognition, giving up his job and selling his possessions and home to support his life-long ambition to improve the well-being of others and make an international life changing difference. He has undergone many charity challenges to raise money for Friends of Mulanje Orphans (FOMO) which supports 3,500 orphans in South Malawi.

But running didn’t come naturally to Brendan. Incredibly, he took up the challenge of couch to 5k as a bet from friend. And this is where it all started. By his own self-admission he was a little lazy and overweight but once he put his mind to it, literally running from one lamppost to the next under the cover of darkness, he built up his stamina and endurance to ultimately achieve the breath-taking 27 marathons in 27 days!

When it began back in 2009 he ran 2 marathons in 3 weeks in sub 3 hours 15. Then in 2011 he cycled John O’Groats to Lands’ End and ran the London Marathon with one rest day. Brendan took on the challenge of running the length of Malawi, and became the first person to achieve this; running 27 Marathons in 27 days. He talks passionately about this event with one of the moving moments being he met a young disabled boy who was unable to walk and had lost both of his parents, Brendan returned to him after completing the race to give the boy a wheel chair from FOMO and some school clothes so that he could go to school and get an education. Brendan talks openly about how he battled with extreme sickness, extreme heat, wild animals, a lack of cleanliness, zero luxury - this run literally threw everything at him but his dedication to raise the money to build the vital educational establishment was the drive for him to continue; his heart ruled his body.

To date Brendan has raised over £50,000 for FOMO and this has aided towards the construction of a fantastic art and science block for FOMO Secondary School.

John Evans, Principal, Yeovil College: “The work that Brendan has done over the last ten years is truly incredible. He is such a huge inspiration to the younger generation. Brendan recently headlined our student celebration - his story of pain and challenge verses personal determination clearly touching the room. His selfless dedication to developing the academic and educational international world is truly humbling. We are so proud of what Brendan has achieved so far and are delighted he has agreed to be a Yeovil College Ambassador.”

Brendan’s next challenge is running 4,000km Coast to Coast of Africa, Namibia to Mozambique – approximately 94 marathons. He will begin his run across Africa on 1 June, departing from Yeovil College, and will aim to complete it on 31 August; so far Brendan has raised £4,000 of his £75,000 target through his BT MyDonate page with all the money that is raised to go towards building a Schools Hostel that will house 88 Children in Malawi.

Yeovil College has been serving the community in and around Yeovil for 130 years. The College was first formed in 1887 when Somerset County Council began formally organising Science and Art classes in Yeovil. In 1947, the first Principal was appointed to lead Yeovil Technical College and when secondary education in the Yeovil Borough was reorganised in 1974, Yeovil College became one of the early tertiary colleges to be formed in England.

Today, Yeovil College remains passionate about its role as a key provider of education and training in South Somerset and North and West Dorset. It remains committed to its role as a tertiary college for the whole community and currently supports around 5000 full and part-time students.