Mark to fly the flag for the Spartans

A FOOTBALL club is aiming to fly high thanks to one employee who is hoping not to peak to soon.

Mark Carruthers, press officer for Blyth Spartans FC, is in training to complete the national Three Peaks Challenge in March.

And has promised to get a Spartans flag to the top of each mountain.

The 30-year-old, from Lemington, will he heading in the direction of the summit of Snowdon in Wales on March 3 before spending that night in the Lake District.

Then on the Monday morning Scafell Pike will be in his sights before travelling to Scotland to tackle Ben Nevis the next day.

Mark, who works for npower, said: “Ben Nevis is the highest of the three and will be a big test for the last day, but Snowdon is actually the hardest to climb.

“I will be walking in memory of my grandfather, who passed away 20 years ago, and the money I hope to raise will go to Parkinsons UK.

“The target is to raise £1,000 but if we can get anywhere near that we will be pleased.”.

Mark will be accompanied on the challenge by his friend Mark Rutter, from the Fast Feet Football Academy, and the head of media at Newcastle United, Wendy Taylor.

Mark’s employer has promised to match fund the money he raises from the challenge, up to £1,000.

Anyone who wants to donate can visit