Hatfield marathon man's uphill battle

PUBLISHED: 17:41 05 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:01 26 October 2009

Mark Banham with the 25lb backpack he'll be wearing

Mark Banham with the 25lb backpack he'll be wearing

RUNNING a marathon is an uphill challenge for most people - unless you re Paula Radcliffe. But when you re planning on covering the distance running up and down a steep hill 13 times with 25lb strapped to your back, it s a lot harder. But that is exactly

RUNNING a marathon is an uphill challenge for most people - unless you're Paula Radcliffe.

But when you're planning on covering the distance running up and down a steep hill 13 times with 25lb strapped to your back, it's a lot harder.

But that is exactly the challenge a funeral director is embarking on to raise money for a care home in Hatfield.

Mark Banham, of Indells, Hatfield, will run 26 miles, 385 yards up and down Holywell Hill in St Albans.

The 35-year-old hopes to raise £32,000 for a minibus for the Greenacres care home in Wellfield Close, Hatfield, where his sister used to work.

Mr Banham, who now runs Hearnden & Daughters funeral parlour, at Holywell Hill, said: "Taking place during my run there will be a fete which I have organised.

"There will be stalls, a raffle, a bouncy castle and a hog roast.

"There will also be over 50 members of Greenacres staff helping and collecting money around the city centre."

Mr Banham will set off on his charity challenge at 7am on Sunday, August 31 - and hopes to be done at about 4pm.

The fete starts at 10am.

Donations should be made to Greenacres Amenities Fund.

Send them to Hearnden & Daughters, 5 Holywell Hill, St Albans, A11 1EU.

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