A man from Dunnington is taking on the Virgin London Marathon on 25 April to raise money for the blood cancer charity Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. Mark Holroyd, 49, is aiming to raise £3,000 from the 26.2-mile challenge - his first ever marathon.
Mark is a Regional Controller at Wickes. Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research has been the DIY chain's national charity partner since late 2006 and when the opportunity came up to run the London Marathon, Mark jumped at the chance.
"I'm 49 years old and it's always been a life-long ambition to run the London Marathon before the age of 50," said Mark. "As well as my 50th birthday, it's also the 50th anniversary of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research this year, so it seemed like a really good opportunity to try to raise as much money as possible. The support I'm getting from my family, friends and colleagues at Wickes has been brilliant."
This will be Mark's second fundraising challenge for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research - he took on the BUPA Great North Run in 2009. That half marathon has helped prepare him for the London Marathon and now Mark can't wait for the race day.
"My training is going really well so far. I did a 20-mile training run this weekend so hopefully I'll be ready for the big 26 miles by 25 April. I can't wait for the actual event - my wife ran in the London Marathon a couple of years ago and that's what inspired me to take part myself. The atmosphere is amazing and it's all for a fantastic cause."
Kate White, Director of Fundraising at Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, said: "Good luck to Mark at the Virgin London Marathon - it's an amazing challenge to take on. All the money he raises will go towards vital research into better treatments and cures for patients with leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma."
You can support Mark's London Marathon challenge on his fundraising page at www.justgiving.com/markholroyd-londonmarathon.
Wickes announced Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research as its first-ever national charity partnership in October 2006, aiming to raise £200,000 for the blood cancer charity during a year-long partnership. Its success has led to the extension of the partnership until the end of 2010. By the end of 2009, the total raised had reached £1 million.