Three members of Marke family prepare to cycle from John O'Groats to Lands End

Brothers Tony and Paul Marke prepare for their cycle challenge

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First published in News by , Senior Reporter

THREE men will really make their Marke as they take on an epic cycling challenge in aid of a local charity.

Brothers Paul and Tony Marke, along with their cousin Robert Marke, will be cycling from John O’Groats to Lands End in September to raise money for a charity inspired by Paul’s five-year-old daughter Anna.

The youngster suffers from cystic fibrosis and Paul and his wife Rachel set up charity Anna’s Challenges to raise money for children with the same condition.

Paul, 41, said it would be a challenge. The finance manager, from Basingstoke, added: “I agreed to do this in November – and then I realised I didn’t have a bike, so I had to go straight out and get one.

“We will be doing up to 100 miles a day, so it will be tough, but I’m looking forward to it.”

His personal trainer brother Tony, 39, said that he had been training hard for the challenge.

He said: “I can’t wait to get started. It should be really fun. We will be doing between 80 and 100 miles a day. I’ve cycled from London to Paris before so I have an idea of what to expect.”

The brothers will take on the challenge alongside their cousin, 41-year-old Robert Marke, who works as a software engineer.

The trio are hoping to raise around £5,000 through the challenge and will hold monthly charity events in the run-up to the cycle itself.

Anna’s Challenges was founded in February 2010 after Paul’s daughter Anna was diagnosed with the debilitating condition cystic fibrosis shortly after she was born.

It is a life-threatening genetic disease that makes it hard for sufferers to breathe, and Anna has endured regular lengthy stays at Basingstoke hospital.

Paul said: “We’re not sure yet where the money will go exactly, but there are lots of options. It will go to help children with cystic fibrosis.”

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