Heading in the Wright direction

Mark Wright, who has twice been diagnosed with a brain tumour, is running for the Brain Tumour UK charity in today's Great North West Half-Marathon in Blackpool.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'26-2-2012

Mark Wright, who has twice been diagnosed with a brain tumour, is running for the Brain Tumour UK charity in today's Great North West Half-Marathon in Blackpool. PIC BY ROB LOCK'26-2-2012

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A BRAIN tumour will not stop Blackpool chef Mark Wright from running the London marathon.

The 31-year-old was featured in The Gazette last year after announcing his plan to do the 26-mile run in aid of charity Brain Tumour UK. He had been diagnosed with a tumour which he had removed by surgery.

He had been recovering well, although had to give up work in 2010 after suffering a seizure on Christmas Day.

Mark had gone back to work, but was still having to undergo scans and checks every three months and recently was given the bad news another tumour had been found.

As it has been caught in the early stages, doctors are hopeful of successful treatment and Mark is still determined he will run the marathon in April, despite starting chemotherapy soon.

He said: “I’m quite lucky in that it’s not going to be really intensive treatment.

“I’m just hoping it’s not going to affect my training.

“I asked my doctor if I could still run the marathon and he said as long as I feel okay, then I can. So I am determined to do it.

“I really want to help the charity and it would feel like such an achievement.”

Mark has also organised a football tournament to help raise funds for Brain Tumour UK, taking place later this month.

It will be held at Fylde Rugby Club on March 24, will be six-a-side and people can sign up either as a team or as individuals.

He is hoping local people who want to get involved will sign up and take part.

Mark, who works in the kitchen at The Marriott Hotel, in Broughton, said training for the marathon had given him a new focus and outlook.

The Grange Park resident said: “When I had to give up work, it was horrible. That was my passion and a massive part of my life.

“Those first couple of months were really tough and I felt depressed.

“But starting running gave me something to focus on and it’s been good to have the target of the marathon to aim for.

“I’ve run a couple of half marathons now and it does feel like an achievement.

“If it wasn’t for Richard Lok, my personal trainer, I don’t think I’d have got this far.

“I suppose at least all the running and eating healthy will help put me in a good position to be treated for this tumour.”

Anyone who is interested in taking part in the football tournament can call Mark on 07850 805751.

To sponsor his marathon efforts, log onto www.justgiving.com/mark-wright8.