Mark Veale from Berkeley in Gloucestershire will be attempting his first ever ultra-marathon in support of Children’s Hospice South West on June 19-20.
Mark discovered a love for running two years ago. Over that time he’s made fantastic progress and recently completed his first ever full marathon race distance of 26.2 miles.
Mark said: “Now it’s time to take it to the next stage; time to stop messing about and get serious.”
The ultra-marathon called ‘Race to the King’ will involve completing 53 miles, along the beautiful South Downs Way, all in one day.
“Starting in Arundel and finishing on the steps of the stunning Winchester cathedral, this will undoubtedly be my biggest challenge yet,” Mark said.
“I am under no illusion how hard and how much work this task will involve.”
Mark is raising vital funds for CHSW which supports more than 500 families across the South West peninsula.
He said: “The work these guys do, simply put, is incredible. Therefore, I have decided to run in aid of this charity.”
CHSW provides respite, emergency, end-of-life and bereavement care and support for the whole family. It has adapted its care during the pandemic to ensure Covid-safe support wherever and whenever families need it, including for the first time ever, in families’ own homes.
The charity needs around £11m a year to run its three children’s hospices, and around 85 per cent is raised through voluntary donations.
Mark said: “Any donation, no matter how big or how small that you would like to make would be hugely appreciated and would go some way to ensuring this brilliant charity work and support can continue.”
Please show your support by donating to Mark's fundraising page.