Are you up for a great run?

‘Come on board and join the Ark2016 team’ – that’s the rallying call from Mark Jones, who is looking for recruits for the Destination Basingstoke Phillips Half-Marathon.


Last year, a 30-strong team piled on the miles and pulled in the pounds as Ark Cancer Centre Charity fielded its first-ever team in the popular event.


Not only did the runners raise nearly £9,000 but the Ark team also won the Fastest Charity Team trophy.


This year, Mark, who is director of fundraising and communications at Ark Cancer Centre Charity, is hoping that many of the 2015 team, and also some new recruits, will pull on their running shoes to support the charity’s £5million fundraising appeal.


Mark said: “I was delighted that last year’s Ark team achieved success on the fundraising front, and winning the Fastest Charity Team trophy was an added bonus.


“This year, I’m hoping that even more runners will sign up to support the charity and to raise the vital funds that will help to make the unique local cancer treatment centre a reality.”


A big bonus for the charity this year is that runners from Phillips Solicitors, the headline sponsor of the event, will also be raising money for the good cause as Ark Cancer Centre Charity is the law firm’s charity of the year.


Entry to the race is £30. Anyone who wants to join the Ark2016 team should contact Mark on or call 01256 360419 and he or his colleague Jane Barnes will able to send over all the details on how to sign up and start fundraising.


Ark Cancer Centre Charity trustee Merv Rees is pictured back row, left ,with some of the charity's 2015 half-marathon runners.