David Gething

Dr David Gething won the World Marathon Challenge in January 2015, running 7 marathons in 7 continents in 7 days, and setting two new world records in the process. Specialising in long-distance events, he has competed in numerous marathons including the famed Boston Marathon, Ironman triathlons (up to world championship level), Ultraman and multi-day European bicycle stage-David Gething Book - Relentless Coverraces. All after a life-changing moment less than a decade ago when he realised he was overweight, out of shape that it was time to get fit.

Dr David holds both Australian and UK citizenship, but has spent the longest stretch of his life in Asia. When when not training and racing, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, and working as head veterinarian at Creature Comforts Veterinary Housecall Practice.


David’s preferred talk revolves around the World Marathon Challenge, an international race where he ran 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days, and won. The presentation begins with a person rapidly approaching middle age, an ever-expanding waistline and deteriorating physical fitness. It discusses the impetus and motivation for change, and how to make an effective change in one’s life. The presentation presents a case that anybody, with sufficient desire and dedication, can change their life for the better through a combination of self-belief, teamwork, family support and determination.

David also has a second talk about travelling and racing in North Korea, and the idiosyncrasies of competing in that country.

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