Marcus Gynn passed away in February 2016. Having not heard of sarcoma before, his friends, colleagues and family took to fundraising in his memory: running marathons, taking part in football matches, selling cakes, holding music nights.
Marcus was a member of the Newmarket Joggers and a keen runner. With this in mind they decided to rename one of their key annual races in his honour. The first Marcus Gynn 10k took place on Sunday 2nd July 2017. Such was Marcus' popularity, places for the race, which took place in Stetchworth near Newmarket, were booked up well in advance . Some people ran in fancy dress and others ran as teams, all fundraising for Sarcoma UK. This was also a serious race with the first person running the 10k in a blistering 33 minutes 40 seconds.
"It was fantastic to see so many of Marcus' friends, those who have been runners a long time and those who have been inspired by Marcus' attitude before his diagnosis and his brave attitude during his treatment," said Sophie, Marcus' sister.
Over £1,600 has been raised from the event, which will help fund ground-breaking research projects, raise sarcoma awareness, and ensure everyone can access personal support and expert information whenever they need it.
On Friday 7th July a Sarcoma Music Night is also planned to take place in Cambridge raising money for Sarcoma UK. Both events mark the start and end of Sarcoma Awareness Week.