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To celebrate my 50th birthday, I will be running the London Marathon on the 22nd April plus another 23.8 miles to make the distance up to a round 50 miles! If anyone wants to check on me, I'll be running most of the course in reverse, starting from under Blackfriars Bridge at about 4am and hopefully reaching the start line before the womens elite race sets off at 9am!

I am running for The Children's Society, the charity I was adopted through. They also helped me to trace my birth mother 15 years ago. The charity do a lot of great work helping people cope with the reunion process through their post-adoption project. In keeping with the fifty theme, I'm hoping to raise fifty £50s for them

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Update 24/04/12

Well I managed to complete my challenge, but it was a real struggle.

After completing a trouble free training programme, my preparation in the 24 hours leading up to the challenge was a disaster. I ate too late on Saturday evening and didn't get to sleep until 11.30pm, giving me just 2 hours kip! I then ate breakfast at 1.45am despite still feeling full from dinner.

I started running at 4.05am, accompanied by my friend Tom on his bike, and everything was going well until I reached Docklands, where I managed to become lost twice, losing 45 minutes until a race marshall arrived and pointed me in the right direction. I began to feel sick and experience stomach pains after about 10 miles. I limped on to Greenwich where Tom dropped out and another friend Neil ran with me the last 6 miles to Greenwich Park.I didn't feel like drinking because of the nausea and became very dehydrated after about 20 miles, feeling very light-headed. I only realised this when I ate a piece of chocolate and was unable to swallow it because my mouth was too dry. Luckily, some water and a big bag of Jelly Babies came to the rescue and I reached Greenwich Park in 5 hours, 21 minutes and 23 seconds.

At the marathon start I discovered I had forgotten my change of top and socks, suffered bad cramp in my left leg and had a reccurring stitch each time I tried to run. At one stage I was in last place behind several people in heavy rhino costumes and 3 dressed as London landmarks. The 101 year old Sikh was out of sight ahead of me. I felt depressed and embarrassed!

As I struggled along overtaking a few very unfit looking people, I spotted a man in a gorilla suit. He also seemed to be in a spot of bother so I tagged along with him, helping to carry his collection bucket. It turned out Steve had spent the previous two weeks walking from Bradford to London in his gorilla suit with no back up team, and some of you thought I was mad! We decided to walk most of the course but run every time we passed somewhere playing music.

We carried on like this despite cramped feet and aching muscles until the last 6 miles, when the wind and rain hit us head on and it was a grim trudge through the East End, being forced on to narrow pavements as the roads reopened. The only relief came 3 miles from the finish where the Children's Society cheering team had stayed out in the driving rain to support me, one of many moments when the tears welled up a bit.

Competitive to the end, we overtook the 101 year old Sikh and his entourage near Westminster, but they battled back past us when we stopped for photos outside Buckingham Palace. A desperate limping sprint for the line saw us regain the advantage at the last moment and the race was over in 7 hours, 21 minutes and 7 seconds, making a combined total for the 50 miles of 12 hours, 42 minutes and 30 seconds. I reckon I could shave 3 hours off that but I don't think I will be daft enough to ever attempt that again!

A big thank you to everyone who has donated, all those who offered encouragement during the race, the team from the Children's Society and especially the friends and family who supported my fundraising and kept me going during the run.

Cheers everyone

Mark

Raising money for

The Children's Society

The Children's Society

Charity Registration No. 221124

The Children’s Society is committed to helping vulnerable and disadvantaged young people. We provide over 75 direct programmes, including Children’s Centres and preventative work. Our aim is to improve the lives of all children and challenge society’s negative attitude towards young people.

Donations 51

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PIG league donation

Donation by Mark newell on 18/04/13

£350.00

+ £87.50 Gift Aid

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Belated congratulations Mark - a wonderful feat of endurance.

Donation by Henry Wismayer on 02/07/12

£10.00

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Money from the collection at Charing Cross

Donation by Mark newell on 25/06/12

£308.00

+ £77.00 Gift Aid

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Donation by Mark newell on 04/06/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Excellent Mark - crazy but well done!!

Donation by Susan Hunter on 30/05/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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part of the offline donation paid up

Donation by Mark newell on 25/05/12

£100.00

+ £25.00 Gift Aid

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Fantastic Mark, well done! And for a great cause too.

Donation by Ruth Backhurst on 21/05/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Well done Mark for completing the what-appears-to-be-impossible challenge.

Donation by Itong Ko on 07/05/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Well done Mark all the best

Donation by Candy Edwards on 03/05/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Well done Mark. You are completely mad, but I have nothing but the utmost admiration and respect for you!! Your old football buddy :)

Donation by Brian Foster on 02/05/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 30/04/12

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

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Well done Mark, hope you have recovered and I still want to see the photo of you with the marathon medal.

Donation by John Forbes on 26/04/12

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

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Very impressive Mark!! Well done. All the best.

Donation by Naz Ozbek on 26/04/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Well done Mark - seriously impressive and something you will always look back on with a great deal of satisfaction !! :-)

Donation by David Robertson on 25/04/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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All the best Mark!! You are a good one Russell Boyd

Donation by Russell Boyd on 25/04/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Mark , well done mate fantastic effort

Donation by Robert Everitt on 25/04/12

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Well done Mark! What a fantastic achievement!

Donation by Hazel Wright on 25/04/12

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

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Hey Nooby. Well done mate - glad you made it. Next year, you should run 51 marathons - just like Eddie... :))

Donation by Paul Chandler on 25/04/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Amazing challenge Mark - superb effort

Donation by Wincanton town on 25/04/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Well done! From Gaz's pal Larissa

Donation by larissa clarke on 24/04/12

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

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Donation by John Gower on 23/04/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Wow very impressive

Donation by Kate Bosley on 22/04/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Donation by Renata on 22/04/12

£10.00

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Best of luck Mark! Happy birthday and happy running!

Donation by Rebecca Bugh on 22/04/12

£20.00

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Well done Mark! An amazing feat! Will be looking out for you on tge telly.,,

Donation by Danny Davis on 21/04/12

£50.00

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£1,643.00
  • Offline donations£765.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£2,408.00
  • Gift Aid£370.75

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