Wheelchair Veteran Completes TCS Virtual London Marathon

Wheelchair Veteran Completes TCS Virtual London Marathon

Gaywood wheelchair veteran, Mark Howard, completed the virtual London Marathon in record time on Sunday of 6 hours 23 seconds.

Setting out at 9am Mark completed the marathon by doing laps along the Lynn Sport cycle path, supported throughout the event by Bridge For Heroes CEO Helen Taylor who said, “Mark is such an inspiration in all that he does to help the charity by fund raising, taking on the marathon in his wheel chair and completing it in such a good time being amazing”.

Mark, who has taken part in a number of endurance events, recently having completed the London Landmarks Half Marathon, has a specially adapted cycle for the purpose, which unfortunately developed a fault shortly before the marathon. However, undeterred he decided to go ahead anyway using his basic wheel chair. With his Garmin tracker set for the distance he made remarkable progress covering the first 8 miles in just over 2 hours.

He was joined at the 15 mile mark by a group of runners from King’s Lynn parkrun who stayed with him until the end. King’s Lynn parkrun Event Director and Bridge For Heroes volunteer Gary Walker said, “it was great to see parkrun members out supporting Mark for this epic event. He is an example to us all, with his courage and determination to take on the challenge of a marathon, particularly without the benefit of his specially adapted trike”

Mark will next be taking part in this year’s Recipharm Grand East Anglian Run 10K.

Anyone wishing to donate to Mark’s fund raising page can do so by going to: www.justgiving.com/fundraising...

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