London Marathon runner to be met at finish by his terminally ill mother
A RUNNER who hopes to raise £1,500 for children with cancer when he completes the Virgin London Marathon will be met at the finish line by his terminally ill mum.
Mark Bromage, 38, who works at Country Style Foods, on Grimsby Docks, has supported various cancer charities since his mum, Pat Long, 62, of Salamander Close, was first diagnosed.
He will pound the pavements of the capital on Sunday, April 25, in aid of Children With Cancer UK, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary.
Mark said: "With what has happened to my mum, cancer has been a prominent fixture in our family in recent years and I want to do what I can to help other people who have been diagnosed.
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"The marathon is going to be really tough but thinking about the children I will be helping will get me through it.
"Knowing my mum will be there at the finish line will make it all worthwhile, too."
Mark, who has previously raised money for Marie Curie and Macmillan Cancer Support, began running two years ago.
Although he was born in Immingham, Mark spent five years living in Spain, where he ran a cafe bar, and only took up the hobby after returning to Grimsby in 2010.
He joined Cleethorpes Athletics Club and is now training every other day in a bid to complete the 26.2 miles in under 4 hours 30 minutes.
Mark, who ran a full marathon for the first time last year in Amsterdam, said: "I'm currently running between 15 and 20 miles each week.
"It hasn't been plain sailing though as I've had a string of injuries and have been having ice baths, physio and acupuncture to try to deal with them.
"I've been trying to eat as healthily as I can to prepare, but I really love cake so I tend to just eat what I want and say it's fuel for running!"
Mark's mum, Pat, pictured, who had her final wish to travel to Spain granted by Telegraph readers last year, will be cheering her son on.
She said: "I couldn't be prouder of Mark and I'm determined to be there at the finish line to see him finish.
"I'm bursting with pride that he wants to help children with cancer. He's raised a lot for Macmillan nurses in the past and they've been really good in caring for me."
As reported, mum-of-five Pat was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in October 2011 and was encouraged by her children to put together a "bucket list" of things she still wanted to do.
They settled on a trip to the village in Spain where Mark had worked, and kind-hearted readers helped foot the bill for her to travel.
To sponsor Mark, who hopes to complete six marathons this year, visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/MarkBromage