Mick Mooney’s Marathon Challenge
Local man, Mick Mooney, is undertaking a tremendous challenge in 2014 to raise money for local people with brain injuries.
Between February and November, Mick, who is a teacher and Head of Physical Education at Westlands School, will be running and rowing a distance of 1,000 miles. This averages out at 25 miles per week, every week, for ten months. On top of this Mick will be entering ten further running events, one for each of the ten months of his challenge. These events will add a further 125 miles to the challenge and span a range of distances and terrains. As well as some 10k runs and half-marathons, these events will see Mick taking part in the Delicious Dart Trail in fancy dress as a monster, before building up to a full marathon – the Dartmoor Vale Marathon – in October, which covers a full 26.2 miles.
Mick’s challenge was inspired by his own family’s experience of brain injury when two years ago his eldest son, Jack, was diagnosed with a brain tumour. Jack is now taking medication to control his condition while he works towards undergoing surgery. Following the support that his family received from Headway, the brain injury charity, and other organisations Mick felt compelled to do something to raise money for the cause.
Talking about his challenge, Mick commented: “I am the sort of person who when they are presented with a problem they try and solve it. I feel very helpless and at times frustrated. I know that I can’t fix Jack; but I have reached the point where I feel I must do something. At this moment in time that something is to try and raise as much money as I can for Headway.”
Despite his active line of work, Mick tells us that these events will be a real challenge for him, ”I am not a runner and don’t particularly like running. In fact I am not sure why I picked a running challenge. So I would welcome all the support I can get.”
Mick will be using this challenge to raise money for Headway Devon – the local brain injury charity – to make sure that all of the money that this challenge raises will stay right here in Devon to support local people and their families. To sponsor Mick you can visit his Virgin Money Giving page at: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/MichaelMooneyrunning4jack.
Anne Mattock, Chief Executive of Headway Devon, says “We are very grateful to Mick for taking on such a huge challenge. Brain injury affects over 1 million people each year in the UK and is the leading cause of death and disability in children and young adults, but despite this there is very little public awareness surrounding brain injury and the disabilities it can cause. We are very thankful to Mick for helping to raise awareness of the difficulties that many local families experience because of brain injury, and for embarking on such an impressive endeavour. We wish him the very best with his races and fundraising. Every penny that is raised will be very gratefully received.”