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Meet the Bury St Edmunds dad-of-two running a half marathon every day in May for Cancer Research





A dad-of-two from a Suffolk town is running a half marathon every day in May for a charity close to his heart.

Mitchell Bragg-Hart, 36, who lives in Bury St Edmunds, has completed 13.1 miles every day so far this month for Cancer Research UK.

His wife, Nicola, 35, was diagnosed with a stage three Wilms tumour as a baby and Mitchell’s father-in-law, Martin Hart, is a cancer survivor as well.

Mitchell Bragg-Hart with his wife Nicola and two kids. Pictures: Mitchell Bragg-Hart
Mitchell Bragg-Hart with his wife Nicola and two kids. Pictures: Mitchell Bragg-Hart

By the end of May, Mitchell will have run more than 406 miles before also attempting a 100km race in the Lake District in June and Relay For Life in Bury in July.

Mitchell used to be a keen runner over five years ago but fell out of love of running.

He recently got back into it after encouragement from his work colleague, Paul Cryer, and was inspired after his wife’s youngest brother, David Hart, won fundraiser of the year at the Bury Relay for Life 2023.

Mitchell was encouraged back into running by his colleague and running buddy Paul Cryer
Mitchell was encouraged back into running by his colleague and running buddy Paul Cryer

“Cancer Research means a lot to me and without their wonderful work they do, I wouldn't have my incredible family so they are the reason I do the things I do,” Mitchell said.

“I’m proud to raise funds for them. My wife is a survivor and is proof that the research is saving lives.

“I did completely fall out of love with running but Nicola and David have given me so much inspiration and Paul has also been brilliant.

“So far, the support has just been amazing and the amount of funds I received before I’d even started my challenge was incredible.

The running duo have previously enjoyed running in the Peak District
The running duo have previously enjoyed running in the Peak District

“It just shows that people believed in me before I even started which is the kind of thing that helps reinstall your faith in humanity a little bit.”

Mitchell has raised almost £1,000 between his two JustGiving fundraisers - one for his 31 half marathons and another for Relay For Life.

However, he has struggled with sleeping since taking up the challenge.

“While doing this, I’m still working full-time and then I’m going out running as soon as I get home which means every day feels quite long.

“I’m actually sleeping worse than I normally do, which feels counter-intuitive, especially as I normally sleep well.

“I thought by doing this I would crash when I get home but I wake up shattered, so this challenge has been more like a sleep deprivation month.

“But I am definitely fitter. My flexibility has improved through stretching and I haven’t had injuries, so I am happy to keep on going and am looking forward to the next couple of months.”