St Ann’s Hospice to benefit as Lancaster man tackles gruelling 50-mile challenge in Lake District

A Lancashire fundraiser is celebrating his half century by running a daunting 50-mile endurance event in the Lake District for charity.

Lancaster-based Mark Mulryan is fundraising for St John’s Hospice and St Ann’s Hospice in Cheadle, where his late auntie Fiona Stepney was a patient.

The Lakeland 50 is known as one of the greatest ultra-running and walking challenges in Europe will provide a great challenge to the fundraiser as he turns fifty on August 15th.

The dad-of-two who is a detention officer is fighting fit after losing four stone in three years will have 3100m of ascent to deal with in a brutal race that can last up to 24 hours.

He said: “I’ll just be glad to finish the course and it’s not physically possible to run all the way because of the rugged terrain, but hopefully it’ll take me 14-15 hours.

“I was a chubby lad until I got help from Louise Haskins at Slimming World and have been inspired to raise funds for two wonderful causes close to my heart.

“St Ann’s did an amazing job looking after my auntie and this is my way of thanking them and running in her memory.”

Fiona, a carer from Denton, spent her last month as an inpatient at St Ann’s before she died of cancer in March aged just 59.

His goal is to raise £1000.00 for both charities and he has logged over 700 miles in his training.

He will be joined by police officers Dennis Nelson and Aaron Sayell, colleagues at Lancaster police station, for the race on Saturday, July 29.

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