Life Begins at Forty for Charity Runner
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
Mark, founder of Aberdeen firm Codify and managing director of
its sister company MAX Business Software, 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
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.