More than a marathon effort in aid of disabled children

PACE's head of fundraising Mark Clay
PACE's head of fundraising Mark Clay

A dad-of-two is running the equivalent of two and a half marathons today (Saturday) in aid of disabled children who go to the PACE centre in Aylesbury.

Mark Clay is head of fundraising at the PACE centre, which has sites in both Coventon Road and Wendover Road in Aylesbury and provides an education for children with sensory motor disorders such as cerebral palsy.

In honour of the charity’s 25th anniversary this year seasoned runner Mark, his brother-in-law Pete Leonard and friend Luke Martino will tackle Swan’s Way, a long distance bridle route which runs from Salcey Forest, Northamptonshire and ends at Goring-on-Thames in Oxfordshire.

The trio hope to get to The Bull pub in Streatley after between midday and 2pm following a 6am start.

Mark, who has been in his role at PACE for a year, said: “The children that come to PACE, life has dealt them a tough hand but they never give up. I will draw on their inspiration and resiliance at a time when I’m sure I’d much rather sit down and have a cup of tea.”

The 44 year old aims to raise £2,500 and his wife Sarah and their daughters Ellen, eight, and Rose, six, will follow the three men around the countryside in a support car providing encouragement, plasters and cake.

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