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Friends to run in the dark for Mark

Published 10/11/2011

The Mark Pollock Trust — set up to support the rehabilitation of the Bangor man paralysed after falling from a building — is to hold a night time running event.

The ‘Run for Mark in the Dark’ will be held simultaneously in Belfast, Dublin, Cork and Galway at 7.30pm on November 16.

The four fundraising runs range between 4 km and 10km (distances vary depending on the location). Each location has a walking option, so everyone can participate.

For over a decade Mark Pollock has been inspiring people worldwide as a motivational speaker and adventure athlete competing in some of the harshest environments on the planet, despite becoming completely blind at the age of 22.

On July 2, 2010 everything changed again when he fell from a second storey window fracturing his skull and breaking his back in a number of places leaving him completely paralysed from the waist down.

After 15 months in hospital, Mark has recently been released and is now following a programme of aggressive physical therapy in an attempt to regain some movement in his legs.

The Mark Pollock Trust was set up in order to raise funds for his rehabilitation programme, which will involve daily aggressive physical therapy and repeat visits to a spinal injuries recovery facility in America called, Project Walk.

‘Run for Mark in the Dark’ is the Trust's first official event, although many friends, old and new, have been hosting running and cycling races, events in their homes and donating directly to the Trust, allowing Mark to start and rebuild his life.

To find out more about the individual events, route maps and to register online, go to and click on Dublin, Belfast, Cork or Galway.

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