Mark C - endurance athlete, coach and adventurer.
In November 2017, I left my job in London, UK to begin Adventures in Running, a project that combined training for and competing in world renowned endurance running events with spending time at 'Sport for Development' initiatives.
I am passionate about the use of sport as a tool for positive social impact, particularly in areas of social deprivation. I am keen to understand the barriers to participation in sport and how to remove them to ensure the best chance of success.
Utilising my background in project management and sports coaching, I have partnered with initiatives and events in the UK, Colombia, Nicaragua, USA, Kenya & Uganda, including:
HERON-RUN - Partnering with the Health Inequalities Research Network (HERON) to provide free running sessions for young mental health service users aged 16-35 years in the borough of Southwark, London, UK
Uganda International Marathon - a 7-day adventure in rural Uganda. We bring people from all over the world to visit, connect with and support projects in an incredible community, culminating in the biggest international race in East Africa
From Coach to Coach Uganda - using sports adventure tourism to fund a social enterprise helping young people to become self-reliant through sport
Masaka Runners Club - providing free running fitness and technique sessions for club members who may not have the financial means to attend coached sessions
Creative Canvas Uganda (CCU) - a community project in Ndegeya, Uganda providing additional education that does not form part of the school curriculum. Giving youngsters from ages 4-14 the opportunity to learn art, sport, music, small scale farming, cooking, drama, sex education, computer literacy and healthy living
Sport for Africa - a social enterprise supporting grassroots community sport organisations in East Africa using innovative, sustainable funding approaches such as farming and sports tourism
I have provided consultation and project management to a number of social enterprises, charities and events in a wide range of areas: event management, funding vehicles & sponsorship (including tourism as a funding vehicle), race planning & execution, productivity tools, continuous improvement initiatives, communications planning, organisational structure, , marketing and social media training.
To help fund the project, I provide coaching, mentorship and training plans for beginners and improvers who are looking for help with improving their running or training toward a personal goal. I also have a keen interest in mentoring those who may be struggling with grief or mental health issues. As someone who has relied on running as a support mechanism in times of difficulty myself, I can help you understand how running or physical activity can be utilised to compliment therapy or as a potential alternative to medication.
I have been fortunate enough to travel, work, train and compete in 58 different countries, including marathons and ultra marathons in Europe, North America, South America and Africa.
This project is funded entirely from my own personal savings/earnings and I am receiving no additional financial support or sponsorship from individuals or organisations. Any offers of support (especially kit & accommodation!) are gratefully considered.
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