King's Lynn local Mark will take on the Asda Foundation GEAR 10K as part of his marathon charity challenge.
When people are asked - ‘why are you running’ - people rarely reply ‘because my daughters made me’, but that's exactly the case for King's Lynn's Mark Harris.
And it's no mean feat. The 37-year-old father of two will be clocking up hundreds of miles this year in a marathon charity challenge.
Mark, who will line up at the Asda Foundation GEAR 10K on 5th May, has set himself a remarkable challenge which includes a Tough Mudder, a trail marathon and the 100K Race to the Stones in July.
What motivates Mark to take on such a challenge? His daughters.
"One of my daughter told me to get healthier and to take up running - so I did", said Mark.
"I joined a gym in May 2017 and realised that I could run 5K on a treadmill and enjoy it. By October 2017, I was up to 10K and so I signed up for the GEAR 10k in May 2018.
“My family are right behind what I’m doing and they put up with my urge to go running.
“I just love it because it’s peaceful and, although I’ve never actually run a marathon before, I hope I can just complete the events.”
It is safe to say Mark has caught the running bug. He has now turned his eye to fundraising for charity through the sport.
Each step Mark takes on his running challenge will go toward supporting two charities – Cancer Research UK and anti-modern slavery charity the Tribe Freedom Foundation.
Marks fundraising for Cancer Research UK can be supported at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mark-harris96. To contribute to his Tribe Freedom Foundation fundraising go to www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/categories/sports.
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