#fundraiserfriday: 97 marathons in 97 days

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We recently brought you the story of Mark Vaz, the man who decided to run 90 marathons in 90 days for the charities Tommy’s and Katharine House Hospice.

We’re sure you’ll be as astounded as us to discover that upon nearing his 90th marathon, Mark decided that 90 just simply wasn’t enough and intends to carry on to 97 marathons, currently intending to finish at the Royal Parks on the 11th October.

Mark’s decision to carry comes after he feels he’s getting stronger, thanks to the good support team around him. He also says that although he is delighted with the support he’s received, he’s somewhat disappointed in what he has raised so far and would love to keep pushing for more money for the two charities.

When asked about his darkest days throughout his challenge, Mark said “The third night of my marathons I remember being up nearly all night due to massive pains in the back of both my legs. In the second week I dehydrated when running along the canal and very nearly passed out, it was a massive learning curve for me and put me off canal running. More recently, I got food poisoning and also damaged the nerve in the back of one of my legs.

Mark’s challenge is extremely personal for him and his family after his wife suffered several miscarriages and stillbirths. All donations to Mark’s Virgin Money Giving page will be split between the two charities and will go towards helping over families affected.

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