Forrest’s Xmas Challenge

Closing the year in truly amazing style Benfleet Running Club’s Mark Cowan took part in the Great Barrow Challenge: 2016 Xmas Triple. Reaffirming his club nickname of “Forrest” Mark completed a multi-terrain marathon every day from the 27th to the 29th of December. One of only 33 people to complete Xmas Triple this year Mark racked up times of 4:32:55 for day 1, 4:40:07 day 2 and closed the event with a time of 4:50:55 on day 3. The total times of the three day challenge are added together making Cowan 13th overall with a time of 14:03:57.

Mark has had an inspirational year of running for his given charity, Whizz Kidz. During 2016 Cowan completed 15 Marathons, 10 Half Marathons, 17 10K’s and countless smaller events. Overall he has clocked up 1863 miles in his feet in the space of 12 months. If you would like to support Mark in his fundraising please visit