Glossopdale teacher to run London Marathon for charity
Thursday 21st April 2016 @ 22:09 by Adam Higgins
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A local teacher is running the London Marathon in memory of a close friend who died 10 years ago following a long and brave battle with leukaemia.

It will be Mark Bousie’s first ever marathon, but if the going gets tough he knows that thinking of Carl Richardson will get him through.

Another incentive for Glossopdale Community College’s head of music is that he’s using Sunday’s run to raise money for the charity Bloodwise, formerly known as Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

Mark, 39, who lives with wife Jayne and sons, Harry, four, and Charlie, one, in Audenshaw, said: “I am looking forward to taking part in one of the world’s most famous mass sporting participation events.

“Although I admit I am getting a few nerves the nearer Sunday comes.”

Mark and Carl, who was only 31 when he died, grew up together in Burton-on-Trent.

They continued to follow similar career paths as they both moved up to Manchester
to study at the Royal Northern College of Music in the mid-1990s.

Carl was first struck down with leukaemia just a few months after he graduated in the summer of 1999.

He was a musician and teacher, who played tuba in a number of orchestras and brass bands, including the Stockport-based Fairey Band.

As this year marks 10 years since Carl’s death, Mark decided to take on a significant challenge in memory of his friend and also to raise as much money as possible for the charity Bloodwise.

A keen runner for a number of years, he has completed a number of 10k and half-
marathons, but never a full 26 miles before.

Mark has spent the last few months trying to cram in the many training miles needed to prepare for the marathon, around his busy musical life including teaching at Glossopdale and playing in Foden’s Brass Band.

Although many of Sunday’s runners will be in fancy dress, Mark won’t be one of them – and he won’t be playing his euphonium on the way round.

He said: “It will be hard enough getting just me around the course! My target really is just to complete the marathon in one piece, but being the competitive person that I am, I have between four and four and a half hours as a time that I’d be more than pleased with.

“Having never done a marathon though, we’ll see.”

If anyone feels that they would to like to contribute to Mark’s fundraising then you can visit his Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/Mark-Bousie5.