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Our farms manager is tackling a gruelling run to raise money for our former colleague

Mark Ireland, who is the area farms manager for Clive Soanes Broilers, is taking part in a challenging 81 mile race to raise funds for our colleague, Helen Bettley who passed away earlier this year.

Over the weekend of the 24 and 25th November, ultra-runner Mark will take on the gruelling Hardwolds 80 that follows the Wolds Way from Hessle through to the seaside resort of Filey.

Of the challenge, Mark said: “We are raising money for Papworth Hospital Charity in memory of our technical manager Helen, who sadly died earlier this year. Helen was a highly regarded colleague and much loved friend who is sadly missed.”

Although Mark doesn’t underestimate the challenge, he is no stranger to ultra-marathon events having completed the Hardmoors 55, the Lakeland 50 mile and the 100k Race to the Stones since he started running in 2015. Mark will be one of the 217 entrants, some of whom will have travelled from Denmark, France and Portugal.

Mark has been training hard and is aiming to raise £500. Any donations would be gratefully received at

Mark’s fundraising initiative is the first in a series of events that we have planned to raise money for charitable causes in Helen’s memory.

Good luck, Mark!