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Weʼre raising £2,000 to enable the Baker-Hart family to have a break away next year following the tragic loss of their daddy Mark - by running Chester Marathon

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On Sunday 26th August 2018, Mark Hart, friend, devoted father to Megan and Bethany, and fiancee to my dear friend Anna, was taken from this earth whilst jumping off it. He was a highly experienced BASE jumper, ex pro snowboarder, slack liner and climber. Loved by so many and inspirational to other extreme sports lovers. Mark was kind, helpful, fun, adventurous, welcoming and adored by his own children and those of his friends.

Due to the inherent high risk nature of BASE jumping it is impossible to insure yourself for injury or loss of life resulting from it. Mark’s family have set up a fund page which has raised enough to repatriate his body, pay for the funeral, and help with initial expenses.

Looking ahead, it will be a lot harder to afford the luxuries in life, and I feel so strongly that Anna and the girls should not miss out on holidays - God knows they will need time away to breathe, reflect, grieve and learn to have fun and enjoy life again. It would have meant a lot to Mark to know his girls weren’t missing out on adventurous activities such as learning to ski, snowboard or climb just because he is gone.

That is why just 2 weeks after deciding to withdraw from the Chester marathon - I have changed my mind. No amount of physical pain I may feel from running it will ever come close to the visceral, emotional and physical pain I see my dear friend in now. I cannot take that away, but I want to do what I can to help provide some joy, something to look forward to and a platform for making new memories.

i signed up for this race when I was at my lowest ebb following two major knee reconstructive operations. I set myself a ridiculous goal that in truth my body and knee, even one year down the line are not for. I needed something to work towards and Anna helped me by signing us up for a half marathon in July in running it with me. A foot problem then took me out of running for 6 weeks. That left me with not enough time to prepare, but I tentatively tried a few short runs to see how everything felt. Then this happened. And now I have a whole different reason - three reasons - for running this race. As our good friend Jess said to me the night before the half: ‘If the mind is strong it can drag the body along with it’.

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    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Sep 20, 2018

      Good luck. Fionax

      £10.00

    • Louise Mowforth

      Louise Mowforth

      Sep 18, 2018

      Such an amazing thing that you are doing Alex, wishing you the very best of luck xx

      £10.00

    • Alexandra Horton

      Alexandra Horton

      Sep 18, 2018

      Thanks to Laura Peters @ Bakewell Physiotherapy Clinic for knocking a tenner off my deep tissue massage for my wrecked legs and back so it could be donated! She gave me an extra half an hour too 😍

      £10.00

    • Paul Winter

      Paul Winter

      Sep 18, 2018

      Wish you well Alex - get stuck in ;-)

      £10.00

    • Alli Hepworth

      Alli Hepworth

      Sep 18, 2018

      Good luck Alex 😍 x

      £5.00

    • Crispy x

      Crispy x

      Sep 16, 2018

      It's not when you finish, it's why. Great work Alex, wishing you the best of luck xx

      £10.00

    • Cathryn Fottles

      Cathryn Fottles

      Sep 15, 2018

      Go girl I know you will do it and such a lovely cause love you hun xx

      £50.00

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