Life begins at 40 for charity runner

by Emma

A software specialist’s fitness drive has provided a boost to a much loved north-east care facility - after what he has joked was his own midlife crisis.

With his 40th birthday looming, Mark Griffiths embarked on a health kick at the start of 2013 which in turn led to 12 months of fundraising as he pounded the tarmac during an impressive year in which he completed two half marathons and three north-east 10k events in aid of his chosen cause.

The athletic effort by the 40-year-old brought in more than £1,500 for the Friends of Roxburghe House, the Aberdeen palliative care facility.

Mark, founder of Aberdeen firm Codify, said:

“Everyone talks about life beginning at 40 and for me it definitely sparked a focus on fitness - maybe it was my midlife crisis! I took up jogging and really enjoyed it, so I started looking for events to enter and it went on from there.

“It was a good challenge and fantastic to be able to raise a decent sum for Roxburghe House. I really want to thank everyone who supported me - the donations were so generous and made the training all worthwhile.”

Half marathons in Aviemore and Edinburgh were completed along with the Garioch, Balmoral and Baker Hughes 10k races. Mark also clocked up more than 700k during his training regime. For 2014 Mark plans to continue his training and hopefully work towards another worthy challenge.

mark and his medal

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