Silverstone dash for charity cash

Published May 21st, 2013

A Northamptonshire chartered surveyor has donned trainers and hit the race track to help raise funds for a worthy cause.

After plenty of training and more than a little pain, Marcus Blake, a senior practitioner with Berrys at Towcester, completed the Silverstone 10 km race in less than one hour, achieving a personal best time of 58 minutes and 38 seconds.

The run is part of a Midlands 8 Round Series and takes place every spring on the Silverstone Race Circuit with more than1,000 runners taking part.

Although it’s a serious race and not a charity fun run, Marcus used the opportunity to raise money for Air Ambulance, Berrys recognised charity.

“This was the first time I’ve managed the10 kilometres in under the hour,” said Marcus, who provides professional advice at Berrys on variety of rural property issues including HS2.

“It was more than a little daunting to be on the start line with people in their full race gear and me in just my gym kit but it was very rewarding to beat over 150 other runners, many from running clubs throughout the Midlands, and at the same time raise money for charity.

“Thanks to all those who have sponsored me, I have raised £427.50 for the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, making it all the more worthwhile,” he added.

For more information contact Marcus Blake on 01327 356140 email

Picture shows: Marcus Blake of Berrys with Tracy Grunwell of Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance

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Chartered Surveyor
Tel: 01327 356143
Mobile: 07789 221559

Marcus is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers. He joined Berrys in 2011 as a Senior Practitioner.

Marcus has a background advising landowners, farmers and charities on a broad spectrum of work, valuation and estate management advice. He can assist on the sale and purchase of rural and development property, whether by private sale or auction. Working with land owners, charities and developers, Marcus has practical experience on a diverse range of planning and development projects. He can provide advice on small, medium and large scale schemes, plus Option and Promotion Agreements. Since 2010 Marcus has advised property owners on all aspects of the proposed High Speed 2 (HS2) rail link plus other schemes involving compulsory purchase.