Swimmer Mark gets set to take Manhattan

A 22-year-old swimmer will this month become the sole Scot to take part in a gruelling open water ‘marathon’ around Manhattan Island in New York City, to raise money for Beatson Cancer Charity.

Mark Deans, who was born and raised in Paisley and now lives in Jordanhill, Glasgow, has already represented Scotland and Great Britain in open water competitions around the world. 

On Sunday 23 July, Mark will set out on the longest swim of his career in the company of elite open water swimmers from around the globe, hoping to achieve a winning time over the 28.5 mile course. Most swimmers take between 7-9 hours to complete the race.  

Housebuilder and developer Mactaggart & Mickel Group have sponsored Mark since 2015, providing funding to be put towards his costs for travel to competitions worldwide including accommodation, entry fees and equipment, as well as physical conditioning services such as sports massage and physiotherapy.

Mark has been raising money for the Beatson Cancer Charity since 2016.  On this challenge to date he has raised over £1,500 of a £2,000 target, with all money going directly to the Beatson. 

He said: “This is going to a tough race as, not only is it longer than a marathon, but you have to swim under each and every of the 20 bridges around Manhattan. However, my training has gone well and I know that once I am in the water, my nerves will disappear. Right now, I am focusing on raising as much money as possible for the Beatson as I would love to hit my target before I leave for New York.” 

Morag Cunningham, Director of Fundraising at Beatson Cancer Charity said: “It’s an honour for Beatson Cancer Charity to have the support of Mark. We continue to be amazed by the generosity of our supporters who do incredible feats. It’s their generosity that makes it possible for us to make a difference to the lives of people living with cancer and their loved ones. Good luck Mark, we are in awe of your determination to beat cancer.” 

Andrew Mickel, Director of Mactaggart & Mickel, first met Mark when he was working as a lifeguard in his local pool and has since followed Mark’s career around the world.

He said: “Mark is an amazing young man whose passion and dedication for his sport is clear for all to see.  We are proud to support his efforts and wish him well in his fundraising for the Beatson too.”

Anyone wishing to support Mark can donate via his JustGiving page (opens in a new tab).

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