Twenty-six marathons for Rebecca

Mark Lewis,  and his nephew Drew returning to the Shibden Mill Mill,  Halifax after 26 days�walking�from Lands End.
Mark Lewis, and his nephew Drew returning to the Shibden Mill Mill, Halifax after 26 days�walking�from Lands End.
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A 26 day gruelling mega marathon challenge has raised more than £24,000 in memory of mum and sister Rebecca Turner.

Mark Lewis, 49, and Drew Turner, 22, have tackled the English countryside, travelling more than 520 miles from Land’s End to Halifax - completing a marathon a day to raise money for Cancer Research UK and MacMillan Cancer Support.

Mark, left, and Drew, right, on their 520 mile trek.

Mark, left, and Drew, right, on their 520 mile trek.

Drew’s mother - and Mark’s sister - Rebecca passed away from skin cancer in 1994 when Drew was just two years old.

Mark said of the challenge: “It was very gruelling but we managed to complete it. I got quite a hatred of steps in the end.

“I was just thinking about setting myself the challenge that I was determined to do it, and it was all in memory of my sister.”

The pair walked at least 26 miles a day, trekking across hilly terrain, walking up and down hundreds of steps and have since found a new appreciation for the country’s landmarks. “A lot of people in England never see the beautiful countryside that we were lucky to have seen during our walk,” added Mark. “We met some amazing people along the way.”

Rebecca was 27 years old when she was diagnosed after finding a lump on her back and died 16 weeks later.

This year marks the 20th anniversary since Rebecca passed away.

Mark and Drew are still fundraising for the cause and hope to raise £26,000 from the 26 mile a day walk for 26 days.

For more on donating to either charity, visit the Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/teams/Markanddrewslongwalkhome.