A teacher is putting in the miles as he prepares for the London Marathon.
Mark Langley, director of sport at Terrington Hall School, intends to run April’s 26 miler in memory of his father-in-law Colin Barrass who died of lung disease in December 2011.
His preparation has led him to Newcastle and, earlier this month, Scotland where he ran Edinburgh’s BUPA Great Winter Run 5k.
The 39-year-old was joined north of the border by his wife Louise and daughters Hattie and Emily, who also put on her running shoes for the junior race.
An original plan to run the York Plusnet Marathon fell by the wayside due to illness so Mark has turned his attention to London. He has already raised more than £500 of his £1,750 fundraising target for the British Lung Foundation.
Mark, a member of Hovingham Cricket Club who came to running late in life, said: “It just goes to show that there’s always time to take up something new. The key is having the motivation to put in the hours training. My personal challenge is to complete the London Marathon in under four hours. It’s all getting rather close now. I have the Adidas Silverstone half marathon in March and then it’s the real thing.”
To support Mark visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/MarkLangley39