Miles and smiles as Mark runs for Keech Hospice Care

It’s an impressive feat to train yourself to run miles and miles, and it’s even more amazing when it’s all in the name of charity, writes Liam Andrews.

But local fundraiser Mark Layzell isn’t just running one event, he’s running all 47 of London’s parkruns over the course of a single year.

And he’s doing it all for Keech Hospice Care, which provides support across Milton Keynes, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.

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Mark, who only started running in 2014, said: “Our family has always donated household items to Keech charity shops, but to see our next door neighbour die of terminal cancer and leave his wife and young family behind is a heart-wrenching experience.

“Two charities stood out in the help for him in the hour of his greatest need and they were Keech Hospice with Macmillan Nurses. I decided to raise money for Keech Hospice because of the inspirational care they provided.”

And despite running a race virtually every Saturday for a year, Mark – who is halfway through his challenge – admits that fundraising is the toughest part.

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He said: “The hardest bit is always the fundraising side.

“There are so many noble charities out there it is hard to stay visible and relevant especially on such a long challenge, which is why I have themed parkrun events throughout the year for people to get behind.

“It has been hard work but I’m having great fun too.”

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To help Mark raise money for Keech Hospice Care you can make a donation at http://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/capital-parkruns

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