We are delighted to announce that Chacombe Park Care Home’s Head Chef Mark Roberts completed the London Marathon in an AMAZING 4 hours 10 minutes and 33 seconds.

It was his first ever marathon and he was running to raise money for Barchester’s Charitable Foundation. 

Mark worked so hard, not only to train for the longest run he had ever faced but also to meet (and surpass) his ambitious fundraising target. He even organised a charity football match and fun day in partnership with Princebuild to help raise more money. 

When it came to race day, Mark was clearly well-prepared and kept up a great pace throughout. He said afterwards that his legs gave way at mile 22 but you wouldn’t know it from his fantastic finishing time! 

Mark was running with around 40,000 other people but he was easy to spot in his bright orange kit. There was a fantastic atmosphere on the day, with crowds of people cheering on the runners along their exhausting 26 mile route. Amongst the supporters were members of the Royal family and Mark was lucky enough to spot Prince William and shake his hand.

Mark managed to raise over £4,000 for Barchester's Charitable Foundation, beating his target amount significantly. Every pound raised by Mark will be matched by Barchester, which brings his final total to more than £8,000!

Well done, Mark!!!

Mark said: ”Thank you so much to everyone who donated and supported me. A big thanks to Princebuild too, who were amazing and very generously donated £1,000 and helped me organise the charity football match."