Our site needs cookies

We need cookies to help you sign in, create a fundraising page and donate. If you want to fundraise or donate on our site, you will need to turn on cookies How to turn on cookies.

It looks like you are trying to access a charity account.

Please click here for the charity sign in page. If you are not trying to access a charity account, please contact us.


Mark Robinson

Cake Enthusiasts Couch To 5K

Challenge complete

Fundraising for this challenge has ended so we're no longer accepting donations. Thanks to everyone who supported this challenge.

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]If you'd like to see video updates from my runs please scroll to the bottom of this section 👍🏻[/p][p]Hello![/p][p]My name is Mark and I like cake! Really, I do but I also have to admit to being super unfit and more rotund than I would like. My main exercise is walking to the fridge or to my gin shelf, not just since social isolation, I've been practicing for this for years![/p][p]With this in mind I decided I need to get fitter especially if I want my fancy shirts to fit me when we are post isolation so I have decided to do the NHS couch to 5K. I shared this with a networking group yesterday and it was suggested I should do this for charity, my initial response was NO because that would mean I am committed.[/p][p]After gasping my way around the park this morning I have decided I really do need to do this for charity so I have some sort of accountability and responsibility to do this, if I don't then I probably won't go again.[/p][p]If you're not familiar with the couch to 5K then download the app and find out more but basically this mornings session was 5 minutes brisk walk followed by 60 seconds running then 90 seconds walking repeated 8 times followed by a final 5 minute brisk walk. The sessions are guided with a narrator so I chose Sarah Millican to accompany me as I am sure I heard her say she likes cake too so we clearly have an affinity.[/p][p]My next mission was to decide on a charity but being aware of so many in need I couldn't choose one so I have chosen four. They are all worthy causes and I know each will be impacted by social distancing measures and an inability to get groups together to fundraise in the current climate. I could have selected more but I don't want to dilute the reward of my efforts too much.[/p][p]Firstly I chose Age Concern Central Lancashire and Age UK because they are both doing a great job supporting the elderly in our communities, not just through this Covid19 episode but before that too. Hopefully I will live long enough to be considered elderly so I'm perhaps investing in my future too.[/p][p]I then chose Pendleside Hospice, I am aware of their work as they are local to me and like many I have lost a partner and family members to life limiting conditions much earlier in their lives than would normally be expected. Stephen and Suzanne to name just two will be in my mind as I do this.[/p][p]Finally I chose Seashell Trust. At Bellyflop we have filmed with them many times over the years and the work they do supporting children and young adults with complex learning disabilities and additional communication needs never ceases to amaze me.[/p][p]Please support me, I will be extremely grateful whatever you can afford to donate as every penny helps. If you can't afford a financial donation then please donate a like and share on your social media channels so I can reach as many people as possible and hit my target.[/p][p]I will keep you updated on my progress through this trying time, erm, I mean throughout my journey with regular video updates so please subscribe to my YouTube channel so please [url=https://www.youtube.com/user/bellyfloptv/?sub_confirmation=1]subscribe and click here [/url] where you will see the most recent update.[/p][p]Finally, once I have completed this I will be treating myself to a huge slice of cake..... Carrot Cake in case you're wondering.[/p][p]Thank you for your support, my social media links are below - please feel free to tag me in your posts.[/p][p]Mark[/p][p][url=https://www.facebook.com/adifferentmark]Facebook[/url][/p][p][url=https://twitter.com/BellyflopLancs]Twitter[/url][/p][p][url=https://www.linkedin.com/in/mark-robinson-7212a217/]LinkedIn[/url][/p][p][url=https://www.youtube.com/user/bellyfloptv/?sub_confirmation=1]YouTube [/url][/p][p][url=https://youtu.be/7oc6Y3CL1ag]Heres a link to run number one[/url][/p][p][url=https://youtu.be/zC07-RPcEAs]Heres a link to run number two![/url][/p][p][url=https://youtu.be/XXtm6eQVE0w]Heres a link to run number three[/url][/p][p][url=https://youtu.be/co-lAOrmra0]Heres a link to run number four[/url][/p]
Cake Enthusiasts Couch To 5K image 1
Cake Enthusiasts Couch To 5K image 2

Share Mark's story

Other ways to support Mark's fundraising effort

Turn your unwanted stuff into donations

together withziffit.com logo

Earn free donations when you shop

together withkindred logo


Jul 27, 2020



Jul 27, 2020


Well done now keep it up

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Jul 25, 2020

Sarah Railton x

Well done x


Jul 25, 2020


Well done!

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Jul 23, 2020


Jul 21, 2020

Neil Parky

Well done Mark. Happy to donate again for this worthy cause and to show my support to you x

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Jul 12, 2020

Jus x

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Jul 12, 2020

Kev W

Great work. Keep it up.

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Jul 11, 2020


Nearly there! Keep going Rex is enjoying it.x

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Jul 3, 2020


£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid