Mark was born in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria and moved about a few times before finally settling in Japan for 5 years. Moving back to the UK in 1980 Mark attended a boarding school as his parents were still working in Japan. Leaving there in 1983 when his parents returned to the UK and finished his education in Surrey.
He worked in the plumbing & heating industry for a few years and joined the Reserve Forces in 1991, serving for over 15 years before finally hanging his boots up in 2006. He is married with two son’s both whom enjoy running and competing for their running clubs.
Mark spent several years as a school governor at his boys primary schools, trying to ensure that education at grass roots level was being delivered correctly.
Mark is a strong charity supporter starting at the young age of 14, by cycling the London To Brighton bike ride 3 years in a row raising much needed funds for the British Heart Foundation. Since then he has supported Breast Cancer Care, by travelling to India and trekking in the Himalayan foothills raising over £3000 for their charity, Ran a ½ marathon raising funds for SSAFA and the Dame Vera Lynne Trust school in Ipswich.
Mark started running in 2012 after watching his eldest son train and compete for Ipswich Jaffa, and joined Ipswich Jaffa Running Club in May 2012 and ran his first ½ marathon in September 2012 in Ipswich. He regularly helps them stage races throughout the year and competes in road & Cross Country races all over the country.