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First marathon in memory of Stockton skateboarder
1:41pm Wednesday 13th March 2013 in News
THE friend of a Stockton skateboarder who died of a heart attack at the age of 35 is training to run her first marathon in his memory.
Kat Mackenzie has been inspired to raise money for Heart Research UK following the sudden death in 2011 of Steve Binks, known as Bingo.
“Bingo was an incredible guy and his sudden and tragic loss hit our entire friendship group, including my boyfriend, incredibly hard,” she said.
“I would be honoured to run the Virgin London Marathon for Heart Research UK so that more people do not have to suffer the hardship and sudden loss that hit Bingo’s friends when we lost him."
Mr Binks who lived in Yarm, opened Mischief skate store in 1996 and was instrumental in getting many of the region’s skateboard parks built from Teesside to Newcastle.
Miss Mackenzie, 32, from London is preparing to taking part in her first-ever London Marathon on April 21 and is hosting an internet auction of rare skateboarding items including autographed shoes, boards and art to raise more money for Heart Research UK.
For more details visit www.fwdmtn.org.