AN ENGINEER is swapping his construction vest for a running vest to complete the London Marathon and raise money for Rossendale Hospice.
Four years ago father-of-two Marc Evans accepted a bet to try a triathlon and he has not stopped running since.
“It was a gentleman’s agreement,” said Marc, 48, of Weir. “After I finished the triathlon I joined Rossendale Triathlon Club and have not looked back.
“I complete three triathlons a year. These have been in Rossendale, Salford, South Manchester and Kendal and involve a 500m swim, 20k bike ride and 5k run.
“I used to be very sporting up to about age 21 and I would play football and rugby; then came work and children. Going back to exercise has made me realise how much I had missed it.
“I feel a lot better now, I am less tired and I have more energy.”
Marc is married to Deborah and they have a son Ioan, 14, and daughter Emma, 10.
When Marc decided to tackle a marathon he wanted to pick one the bigger venues either London or Paris. Although there was only a 1 in 9 chance of getting as place in the London lottery, he was successful.
He is now in serious training and his longest run of 21 miles goes from Weir to Burnley, Accrington and back home through Rossendale. He can complete it in less than three hours.
Marc said: “I launched a fundraising page on JustGiving and within a couple of days already had £200 pledged. My original target was £500, but I am now going to aim for £1,000.
“The marathon is on Sunday April 24 and Deborah and Emma will be able to support me, but Ioan plays with 2nd Rossendale Scout Group Band and so will not be able to attend because the band is at Windsor playing for the St George’s Day celebrations.”
Marc is the director of the UK base of French a specialist construction
His job takes him all over the world to Poland, New York and Dubai.
“At first I did not know which charity I wanted to run for,” said Marc. “Then I saw how the hospice at home service helped a close friend and I attended the Hearts and Voices Concert at Blackburn Cathedral and got to talk to some of the volunteers; I was humbled by the amount of effort they put in.”
Once the marathon has been run, Marc’s next goal is to complete a Half-Ironman Challenge in July in Norfolk. A mere 1.2 mile swim in open water, 56 mile bike ride and half-marathon.
Anyone wanting to back Marc’s marathon challenge can visit https://www.justgiving.com/Marc-Evans2