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Marathon challenge starts for Aylesbury man

Mark Grieves - Marathon

Published by Dan Gooding at 8:03am 14th April 2019.

After his niece was diagnosed with a rare condition, a man from Aylesbury's going to run five marathons, starting today.

Mark Grieves' niece was diagnosed with the rare condition, which means she has a hole in her throat.

So he's raising money for Great Ormond Street and to do that he's running five marathons!

Mark Grieves running shirt

Mark said:

"One in every 5,000 children, or something like that, are born with this kind of syndrome, so somewhere like GOSH is a perfect place.

"They have got the specialists there to give her some of the best care that she has had."

The condition is called Pierre Robin Syndrome.

Mark Grieves - Marathon

Mark added:

"It's a big hole in the back of her throat, which affects her feeding and breathing.

"Since the day she was born, she had to have tubes for that.

"Thankfully those were removed a few months ago, but the condition is still there."

Stoke Mandeville Stadium - Wheelpower
Mark will be running 105 laps of the track at Stoke Mandeville Stadium

Mark will be running three regular marathons and two 'ultra' marathons, starting in Brighton today (14 April).

All will be done withing a few weeks.

He told us which will be the biggest challenge:

"Particularly the one in Stoke Mandeville, I think.

"That's 105 laps of the track, all by myself. I've never done anything like that, so it will be more of a mental challenge."

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