Filter

×

Father and daughter ran Brighton's biggest race in memory of much loved nan

Date
20 November 2013 13:12

Mark and Emily joined thousands of other runners in the city's biggest marathon and all the money they raised went to Blind Veterans UK.

In 2013 Mark McFarlane and his daughter Emily ran in the Brighton Marathon in memory of Mark's grandmother, a member of the Auxiliary Territorial Service during the Second World War who died in March aged 94.

The duo were also out to support Blind Veterans UK.

Mark, 49, is a BT Engineer from Brighton and his daughter Emily, 22, works for Legal and General. They joined thousands of other runners in the city's biggest marathon and all the money they raised went to Blind Veterans UK.

For Mark, the Brighton Marathon was his second marathon but it was Emily's first attempt at any distance running.

Mark said "I took part in the inaugural Brighton Marathon in 2010 on behalf of Blind Veterans UK, when my nan, Joan Gurney, was still alive and the charity was still known as St Dunstan's. I am keen to keep supporting them now. I can't say enough about the extent to which the charity supported my nan. Emily and I, and my other daughter Rachel would go and visit her every Sunday, and feel that she was so well looked after and happy during her time there."

"She was there for four years and it really benefited her. Before she joined the charity she was living at home and when she started to lose her sight she would bump into things and fall over. When she was with the charity we were rest assured that she was safe and looked after very well."

As the Brighton Marathon is relaunched for 2014, Mark and Emily urge you to do the same and run in aid of Blind Veterans UK.

The public ballot is now closed, but we have charity places to allocate to a few lucky runners! In total we hope to recruit 75 fantastic runners to mark the 75th anniversary of our Brighton building. Do you fancy tackling the miles along the sea front?

If you join our team we'll give you a running vest, a fundraising pack, flags and clappers, a sponsorship form, and lots of support and cheering on the day!

Could you run 26 or 13 miles for Blind Veterans UK? If it's a yes then please contact us today at fundraising@blindveterans.org.uk or read more information about the Brighton Marathon or Brighton Half Marathon.

The Brighton Marathon takes place on 6th April 2014 and the Brighton Half Marathon takes place 16th February 2014.