Morley dad takes on challenge for Samaritans

Mark McCarthy and sons Kyle and Alfie.
Mark McCarthy and sons Kyle and Alfie.

For most people doing one charity race is enough but local man Mark McCarthy has just run his third extreme race this year.

The charity he is giving to, the Samaritans,is very close to his heart after the suicide of his brother nine years ago so he is going the extra mile to raise money for them.

Last weekend Mark, 40, of Morley, took on a ground-breaking run at Silverstone for the Wings For Life World Run which saw thousands of people in 35 different places all over the world set off at the same time.

Competitors were chased around the track by a catcher car which gradually increased in speed and eliminated them one by one.

After the race had finished Mark said: “I was over the moon at running 26k before the catcher car caught me. My position in the UK was 66th male, worldwide out of almost 36,000 people I finished 2,775th, Ex-Formula One racing driver Mark Webber beat me by a couple of kilometres.”

His wife Natalie, 37, and children, Kyle, nine and Alfie, six, were there cheering him on. Mrs McCarthy said: “He chose this charity because it is close to his heart after his brother died nine years ago. I think Mark feels if his brother had known about the help the Samaritans can give to people in need, things might have been different but if the money he raises can help just one person then it will all be worth it.”

Mark, who works as a manger in a printing firm, gives regularly to the charity, has already battled through tough obstacle courses such as the Major Series 10k and The Yorkshire Warrior and will be completing the Tough Mudder Yorkshire challenge in August. To Donate go to or text by typing mmcc97 and your amount e.g. £2 to 70070.