Reality TV veteran from York to tackle 100k walk in under 24 hours for Blind Veterans UK
14 March 2014 15:30
Army veteran and reality TV star from York has pledged to put himself to the ultimate fitness challenge and raise money in support of Blind Veteran UK.
Mark served in the Army Intelligence Corps between 1976 and 1998; during his time in the Army, Mark served across the world, including in Cyprus, Hong Kong, Germany and Bosnia. Mark also serves as a member of the Queen's Bodyguard of the Yeomen of the Guard, making him only the second Intelligence Corps soldier to don the historic scarlet-and-gold uniform.
Shortly after leaving the Army, Mark signed up to be a military instructor on the first series of Lad's Army, which saw 30 young British men undertake National Service-style training. Capturing the theme of 1950s military training, Mark gained a national reputation as a tough sergeant through his work on the programme. Mark is now a senior lecturer in sports fitness at York St John University.
Looking forward to the challenge ahead of him, Mark says: "I have been doing marathons and endurance challenges for charity for a good long while now, but I wanted to try something different for a charity which will be there for veterans no matter what happens.
"When I heard about Blind Veterans UK's 100k walk, it sounded like the perfect choice - a physical and mental challenge that helps raise money for those who've served our country.
"They've been going for nearly a century and they're there for all veterans with sight loss - no matter when or how they lost their sight, for the rest of their lives. It just seemed like an incredible charity to support and the 100k is such a great way to do that."
Places for the 100k, which will kick off in Putney on Saturday 21st June and concludes on Sunday 22nd June, are currently available, with a registration fee of £99 per participant or £120 for a two- or four-man relay team. The all inclusive entrance fee for participants includes hot food at three rest stops, snacks and refreshments along the route, support from first aiders en route and a free event t-shirt.
The event is Blind Veterans UK's biggest annual fundraiser and takes walkers from a starting point in south London, along the banks of the Thames, through countryside paths in Surrey, Sussex and the North and South Downs to the finishing line at our charity's centre in Ovingdean, Brighton.