December 5 2013 Latest news:
Monday, August 19, 2013
A fitness consultant has proved he is up for the challenge after he ran 12 hours non-stop along Gorleston’s seafront.
Mark Nussey, 44, ran 57 miles from 8am to 8pm on Saturday in aid of the learning disability charity Mencap.
He was running in support of Mencap as it has helped his step-daughter Ella, 20, who has Down’s Syndrome.
And as Mr Nussey reached some “low points” on his epic run, he was spurred on by Ella and her mother Paula Lambert as they provided him with food and drink each time he passed Jay Jays @The Beach Café on his 32 laps of the seafront.
Mr Nussey, who lives in Blundeston and is a fitness consultant based at Lowestoft’s Waterlane Leisure Centre, said: “The weather was also perfect for my run, which helped.
“I did have some low points.
“At the 20 mile mark an old hamstring injury began to tighten and pull but the thought of Ella and raising money for Mencap kept me going.
“When I set myself a challenge I always get it done.
“Straight after the run I went home and had an ice cold bath and a good stretch. Coming downstairs was a bit difficult the next morning but I feel fine now.”
As well as his partner and step-daughter, Mr Nussey received support from the staff at the café and he was joined on parts of his gruelling run by fellow Waveney Valley Athletic members Alan Fairs and Paul Harrod and also Kim Gowen, Claire Smith, Andy Deacon, Marie and Phil Ayers, Tamsin Desborough, Olivia Smith, Deborah Smith and Johannes Langer.
He said: “It was fantastic to get so much support, it was a real boost. Thanks to everyone who supported me.”
Mr Nussey, who served in the RAF for 13 years, has set himself a target of raising £10,000 for Mencap.
In 2015 he will be taking part in the Marathon des Sables in Morocco, where he will run 156 miles in six days.
To make a donation in support of Mr Nussey’s Mencap challenge visit www.justgiving.com/mark-nussey