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Marathon Mark set to take on series of fundraising feats

An Immingham teacher who has already raised thousands for his local hospice is set to clock up the miles in a series of fundraising feats.

Mark Morris, who teaches at Oasis Academy Immingham has already taken part in a number of gruelling running events, raising over £3,200 over the past two years. He’s now set to take on the UK’s most iconic ultra-marathon, which will see him challenging himself run 69 stunning miles through historic Hadrian’s Wall country, from Carlisle to Newcastle in The Wall 2018 on Saturday 16th June, before taking on the 12-hour long Hell on the Humber endurance race and the Mablethorpe Marathon in October. He will also be running the Great North Run in September for the hospice.

Mark 42, who was spurred on to raise funds for the Lindsey Lodge after his mum, Denise Morris, was cared for at the Hospice in 2016 said: “My mum received fantastic care in Lindsey Lodge, so I want to raise as much money as possible for the Hospice as I possibly can!”

He added: “I’m getting up at 5.30am every morning to run various distances with my Ultra pack on. Four days a week I do double sessions averaging around 120km a week of running. This is on top of all my work and football coaching commitments. This is to make sure I’m fit and ready for these massive events.

“My family and friends are incredibly supportive throughout my training and they come and watch me at so many events – I’d like to say a massive thank you for all their support – and the good wishes and sponsorship I’ve received through social media.”

Lindsey Lodge Hospice Fundraiser Sharon Tune said: “What an amazing man! Mark has already raised so much money for the Hospice, and he continues to give up his time and train so hard to take part in these demanding competitions to raise money for us. We really cannot thank him enough for his continued support.”

She added “Every single penny counts for the Hospice and Mark has raised a phenomenal amount so far, which will enable us to continue to provide first-class specialist care to local people with life-limiting illnesses.”

Anyone who would like to sponsor Mark, can visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/MarkMorris246