Lifelong rugby participant Mark Legal guidelines has hung up his boots and is now tackling an epic 450-mile problem between two of the sports activities legendary stadiums.
The 41-year-old dad of two is planning on operating, driving and rolling over 70 miles a day between Twickenham the house of English rugby in London and Murrayfield the Scottish equal in Edinburgh.
This February he’ll start his epic journey as England tackle Scotland within the Six Nations Trophy with the purpose of arriving seven days later as Scotland tackle Wales.
He’s in fact doing it within the title of charity and is aiming to boost as a lot cash as potential for spinal analysis.
After 23 seasons of enjoying the sport he loves for Wisbech City he is aware of simply how powerful the game could be and isn’t any stranger to critical accidents together with spinal-cord accidents.
Having accomplished an equally epic problem in April when he ran from Carrow Street, dwelling of Norwich Metropolis to Previous Trafford dwelling to Manchester United – a complete of 201 miles in reminiscence of his brother-in-law Jamie Robinson who sadly died because of covid – he was decided to do one other.
Mark, who runs Health Future, stated: “I do know I am fortunate that at my age, having performed a lot sport my physique nonetheless does every part I need it to. I haven’t got any issues – however I do know so many people who find themselves not so fortunate.
“Once I determined to surrender rugby I knew I wanted a brand new problem, the truth is I’ve 5 or 6 concepts for issues I need to tackle. Initially I assumed I’d do one each couple of years as a result of I do know individuals get fed-up being requested to donate on a regular basis.
“However after I was on the lookout for a rugby-based problem the timing for this was good. Beginning on February 4 at Twickenham on the day England play Scotland within the Six Nations after which arriving at Murrayfield on the day Scotland play was too good a possibility to overlook.”
Mark plans to deal with the ‘Backbone of Britain’ in his quest to boost cash for analysis into paralysis and might be rolling in a wheelchair for brief distances to emphasize the trigger he’s supporting.
“It is a stunning reality that somebody suffers a spinal cord injury each 4 hours within the UK,” stated Mark. “However science has made nice progress in recent times and there are trials going down that are delivering life-changing outcomes.
“Funding is now important to assist Spinal Analysis rework promising analysis into actual, game-changing remedies.”
Mark intends to name in at quite a lot of rugby golf equipment alongside his route and is hoping members from these, which embody Leeds Rhinos, Leicester Lions and Newcastle Falcons will be a part of him.
He can even be calling in on the three Spinal Analysis Centres too with the purpose of elevating as a lot consciousness as he can of the work they’re doing.
“Individuals who find yourself with a spinal cord injury aren’t all daredevils who do silly issues that go flawed, they’re individuals who slip over or endure an sickness, or get an an infection within the spinal cord,” stated Mark.
“Such an injury fully transforms lives and it may occur to anybody, which is why the analysis is so necessary and why I hope to boost as a lot as I can to assist – I do know cash is tight, which is why I am asking individuals to present the price of a pint. In the event that they suppose what I am doing is worthy of them shopping for me a drink in the event that they met me in a pub, then I would love them to present that £4 or £5 for the charity.”
You’ll be able to donate by texting RUGBY plus the quantity you need to give to 70490 or make a donation by way of www.justgiving.com/marketing campaign/tacklingbritain,