Exmouth sportsman Marc Herbert is a man on a mission

00:16 03 June 2014

Marc Hebert - a man on a misson to raise siginficant funds for charity

Marc Hebert - a man on a misson to raise siginficant funds for charity

Archant

Marc Hebert is a sportsman on a mission, writes Steve Birley.

The 44-year-old Exmouth-based PE teacher is setting himself up for a series of challenges that will test his endurance – and ability – to the full.

He is a very driven character as there is a very personal reason for his challenges.

Marc and his wife Sarah have a daughter Katie who was born in September 2013 with goldenhar syndrome, a rare congenital defect which means she is facing a number of challenges over the coming years.

One of those challenges is a cleft palette, which is being repaired at Bristol Children’s Hospital in August of this year.

Marc says: “The care we have received from the Royal Devon and Exeter and the Bristol hospitals has simply been fantastic. I have decided to use the skills that I have to raise money for a charity relating to Katie’s needs as a thank you for the care she has had and will have in the future. Operation Smile send volunteer teams of doctors and nurses to countries all over the world and perform life changing cleft lip and palette repairs on children who are not as lucky as Katie.”

He continued: “Over a period of six months myself and a group of friends are taking part in number of running, cycling and climbing challenges in the hope of raising funds for this amazing charity. These will include the 10km Rock Solid Challenge at Escot, a 10km Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest race in September in Cardiff, the Devon Coast to Coast Cycle and three cycling Sportives. In July myself and two friends will be cycling 250 miles unsupported from London to Paris. We will be carrying all our equipment and hopefully will complete the ride in three days.”

The first challenge is next weekend on June 14, a 60-mile relay on the East Devon Way, starting and finishing at the Beach Pub in Exmouth.

This event has been organised by Katie’s grandparents Terry Oldham and Lorraine Gilson, who are active members of the Exmouth Harriers.

The run is split into a relay of various lengths and begins at 6am with the intention being to be back at the Beach Pub by 5.30pm. Members of the Harriers will also be joining the runners and Marc is personally looking to run around 20 miles on the day.

Marc and Sarah, a doctor, originally hail from Nottingham, but have been living in Exmouth for the past three years.

People can help Marc in his bid top raise substantial funds by visiting the Just Giving site. Donations can be made either directly to Marc’s own page www.justgiving.com/Marc-Herbert1 or by donating directly to the charity Operation Smile.

0 comments

Comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Midweek Herald visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Midweek Herald staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Midweek Herald account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other Sport Stories

Thu, 12:05
Sidmouth Cricket Jordan Fowler Junior Colt of the Year

Sidmouth toasted ‘absent friends’ at their annual dinner and awards evening, writes Conrad Sutcliffe.

Read more
Thu, 11:54
Exmouth Sea Angling Associaton The Christmas Fayre meeting

The Exmouth Sea Angling Association (ESAA) contested the Carnival competition that was fished from Mare Rocks to Sandy Bay, writes Robert Pennells.

Read more
Thu, 11:54
ESAA Christms Fayre winners

The Exmouth Sea Angling Association (ESAA) fished the annual Christmas Fayre meeting, writes Robert Pennells.

Read more
Thu, 11:51
The RFU SW Facilities manager Jon Bendle was invited officially cut the ribbon at the Exmouth RFC's new floodlights opening on Saturday. Mr Bendle is pictured with first team captain Dave Bargent, chrmn Chris Parks, pres Keith Pyne, Mike England, David Bassett,  sec Jan McCarthy, Director of Rugby Chris Wright and Roger Holman. Ref exsp 3088-50-14. Picture: Simon Horn.

Rugby Union in East Devon received a major boost today when Exmouth RFC was chosen by the Rugby Football Union to become a Lead Up and Legacy Centre for the 2015 Rugby World Cup which is being staged in England and Wales.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 6°C

Most Read Sport

Photo Orders
Competitions
Subscriptions
Facebook
Family notices

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Midweek Herald e-edition today E-edition
Honiton�s trusted business finder