Crawley man to run 12 marathons for family charity

Mark Barrett from Crawley is running 12 marathons in 12 months for Home-Start CHAMS which helps families in the Crawley, Horsham and Mid Sussex areas -  picture submitted
Mark Barrett from Crawley is running 12 marathons in 12 months for Home-Start CHAMS which helps families in the Crawley, Horsham and Mid Sussex areas - picture submitted

A personal trainer from Crawley will be running 12 marathons in 12 months to mark turning 40 this year.

Mark Barrett, from MBT Fit wanted to take on a physical and mental challenge that would push him to his limit.

He will be raising funds for Home-Start, which helps vulnerable children and their families in the Crawley area.

Mark, who ran last year’s Brighton Marathon for the charity, said: “I know the hard work that goes into training for and competing in a marathon, but also the satisfaction and elation in completing them, so why not 12 in 12 months.

“I’m hoping to raise over £4,000 for Home-Start along the way. They are a local and independent charity that do tremendous work in the local area supporting families with young children where there are issues such as isolation, neglect, illness, bereavement and disability.”

Mark’s marathon challenge will see him travel around the UK and Europe, starting in Barcelona next month.

He said: “I’m lucky to be competing in some amazing and iconic marathons, including London and my final challenge will be the original marathon course in Athens.”

To sponsor him go to his donation page at tinyurl.com/mark-12in12

Anyone interested in joining this year’s Home-Start Brighton Marathon team, or to find out about other challenges, can call events and community fundraiser Aneliese Whittaker, on 01293 416327.

people can also visit http://www.homestartchams.org.uk/events/.