Marathon man trains inside Edinburgh shopping centre to help raise £25,000 for charity

Published:  29 March, 2010

An Edinburgh man, who plans to run 50 marathons in just 56 days, planned a training programme that involved running a full marathon inside a shopping centre.

Mark Cooper, 27, ran on a treadmill inside Cameron Toll – Edinburgh’s longest established out of town shopping centre – while shoppers looked on. “I’ve certainly run round the shops lots of times but I’ve never actually run a marathon while shopping!” he said.

“Our fundraising has received support from all over the world as well as right here in Edinburgh so I’m hoping that everyone who is out on Saturday will pop by and see me and help me reach £25,000 for a fantastic charity based here in the city.”

Cooper’s ultra endurance run of 1,300 miles, the equivalent of fifty marathons, will begin in Holland on 1 May finishing in Spain 56 days later. The marathon challenge is in memory of his mother who passed away in 1997 from a brain haemorrhage. He’s raising money for Headway Group, a charity that provides support to people who have suffered a head injury or some other form of acquired brain injury.

The Rt. Hon. George Grubb, Lord Lieutenant and Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh, said: "To run one marathon is an enormous challenge – to run fifty of them in 50 days is absolutely extraordinary. On behalf of the City, I wish Mark the very best of luck for his incredible endeavour and can assure him that the people of Edinburgh are behind him every step of the way!"

Cooper undertook a similar training run in Edinburgh’s Princes Mall on Saturday, with another planned in the St James Centre on 10 April.

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