14 hours to cover 100km for charity

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A long-distance runner is taking fund raising to a new level by aiming to complete 100km in one day.

Mark Taggart, 40, from Bedford, is hoping to run the distance in 14 hours in aid of Parkinson’s UK Stockton and District branch .

He began supporting the charity after his father, Frank, was diagnosed with the progressive neurological condition five years ago.

Mark said: “I decided to do this gruelling run to challenge my body and mind. This is the furthest distance I have attempted to run in one day.

“I want to try and raise more money for a cause close to my heart - Parkinson’s UK.

“Since my dad was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, he has dedicated a lot of his time working with others to help them manage while living with the condition.”

He added: “Parkinson’s affects not only the person with the condition but their friends and family too.”

Mark will attempt the Stour Valley Path 100km Ultra Run from Suffolk to Essex on Saturday, August 16. The route takes in about 62 miles of trails, fields and hills.

To get in shape he has taken part in a number of running events including two marathons and a 40-mile run.

To sponsor Mark, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/tags