Bissett Mark

Bissett Mark
  • Full Name: Bissett Mark
  • ID: 5212
  • Sex: Male
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Nationality: United Kingdom
  • Birthdate: 1965-10-20
Mini CV
A retired Police Officer, keen sportsman and family man.
I ran my first road marathon at the age of 17, but Rugby Union was my main sport, a game I played and coached for over 30 years.
I always maintained a good level of participation in running, completing various road and mountain marathons.
I recent years, ultra running has been my focus and I have raced and completed numerous long-distance events in the UK, Ireland and France.
I love running in the Alps and the Pyrenees, but equally enjoy the long-distance canal races in the UK and world city road marathons.
Completing Spartathlon would be a dream come true.
Race #BIB C/P Time
2022 247 Finish 34:13:05
2019 319 Finish 35:35:03

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Described as the world's most grueling race, the Spartathlon runs over rough tracks and muddy paths (often it rains during the race), crosses vineyards and olive groves, climbs steep hillsides and, most challenging of all, takes the runners on the 1,200 meter ascent and descent of Mount Parthenio in the dead of night.
This is the mountain, covered with rocks and bushes, on which it is said Pheidippides met the god Pan.

Spartathlon is the event that brings this deed to attention today by drawing a legend out of the depths of history. The idea for its creation is belongs to John Foden, a British RAF Wing Commander. As a lover of Greece and student of ancient Greek history, Foden stopped his reading of Herodotus' narration regarding Pheidippides, puzzled and wondering if a modern man could cover the distance from Athens to Sparta, i.e. 250 kms, within 36 hours.