Bedford man heading to Brighton for marathon (and we want to hear about yours too)

Phil Mardlin is running the Brighton Marathon for Mind Over Cancer. Image: Phil Mardlin
Phil Mardlin is running the Brighton Marathon for Mind Over Cancer. Image: Phil Mardlin

On 7 April, Bedford man Phil Mardlin will lace up his running shoes, don his lycra shorts and tackle 26.2 miles of Brighton coastline from Rottingdean to Portslade-by-sea for mental health charity Mind Over Cancer.

Phil says he’s hoping to raise 10k for what he calls a “small but mighty charity”.

A charity close to Phil’s heart, he said: “Having worked in Children’s Cancer, I saw first-hand the impact a diagnosis of cancer, and its subsequent treatment can have on someone’s mental health – even years after their treatment has ended.

“So, when I heard that ex-colleague Susie Shaw had started Mind Over Cancer to support these individuals, I knew I wanted to do something to support them.”

Mind Over Cancer supports anyone with a cancer diagnosis from 0 – 29 years.

For many cancer charities, support ends once treatment is finished. However, Mind Over Cancer supports both the cancer survivor and those closest to them, when they need it right through into adulthood.

“The pandemic really highlighted the gap in mental health support in this area. Having got people talking about cancer over the last couple of decades, I knew it was time to get people talking about the mental health side of it,” said Susie Shaw, the charity’s founder and CEO.

With training in the final weeks, Phil tells us, “It’s definitely been harder than I thought. Having run a few half marathons in the past, I didn’t anticipate the jump to a full marathon would be quite so challenging.

“That said, in spite of a few injuries and a lot of rain, I’ve loved every minute of it. We now just need to get the donations coming in to make it all worthwhile”.

If you want to give to Phil’s fundraising efforts and support Mind Over Cancer, you can do that here.

To find out more about Mind Over Cancer, you can watch an interview with Susie the founder and CEO here, and an interview with Emily, one of the young people supported by the charity here.

Are you running the Brighton or London Marathon this year?

We’re big supporters of the incredible efforts Bedfordians go to every year for charity by taking part in marathons across the UK. If you’re running the Brighton or London marathon, let us know so we can help you reach your fundraising target.

Just email, with Brighton Marathon or London Marathon in the subject line and tell us:

  • Your name
  • Who you’re running for
  • Why you’re running for them
  • Where people can donate
  • And please include a good-quality photo of you in your running gear.

We’ll then publish a roundup of you all together so our readers can help support you and your chosen charities.

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