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Orpington man prepares to run coastal marathon in memory of his late mother

PUBLISHED: 15:44 08 December 2016 | UPDATED: 16:29 08 December 2016

Mark Hill

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He is taking on the challenge to raise money for cancer charities

An Orpington man is preparing run a coastal marathon to raise money for cancer charities in memory of his late mother

Mark Hill’s mother Shirley passed away in June this year at the age of 65 after her melanoma skin cancer spread to her brain and spine.

“I am determined to do something to honour her and raise some money for the charities close to me,” Mark said.

He will run the Dover Coastal Marathon, which is slightly longer than a normal marathon – 28.3 miles instead of the usual 26.2 miles – on January 14.

The route covers roads, grass, mud, sand and rock, and highlights include the White Cliffs of Dover, South Foreland Lighthouse, Western Heights and Samphire Hoe.

The 36-year-old is no stranger to fundraising, having run the London Marathon and the Brighton Marathon within two weeks of each other to raise money for skin cancer research in 2015.

“It’ll be a very different experience for me compared to road running, taking on beaches, cliff climbs and ups and downs, but I’m looking forward to the challenge,” he said.

Mark plans to share the funds between the British Skin Foundation’s skin cancer research fund and Thames Hospice, the charity that cared for his mother towards the end of her illness.

To support his fundraising efforts, visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserPage.action?userUrl=markhill_dovercoastalmarathon&pageUrl=3

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