Real story: “It’s a cause close to my heart”


17 Apr 2024

For many people, running a marathon is a once-in-a-lifetime event. But not for Somerset Freemason Mike Norton.

Mike, 52 from Langport, will be marking an incredible 65th marathon run as he crosses the iconic finish line in London on 21 April. We caught up with Mike ahead of the event to learn more about the personal reason behind this year’s challenge.

“Both my aunt and a close friend from my running club have osteoporosis, so it’s a cause very close to my heart,” he explains.

“Few people in the UK really understand what osteoporosis is. Even fewer understand the true extent of the impact it has on lives; robbing those affected of self-confidence, reducing independence and making everyday activities a challenge.”

Being a member of Langport Runners running club and a veteran marathon runner, Mike already has a fair few miles under his belt. But this year he’ll have extra motivation by his side as he covers the 26.2 miles - his wife, Kate.

“I started a training plan with my wife at the start of the year. I’ve had a couple of bouts of illness during the training period but battled on as best as I could. I hope that my fundraising efforts will help to support those living with the condition and their families.”

The Somerset Freemasons are no strangers to supporting the ROS, having awarded a £50,000 grant last year through the Masonic Charitable Foundation. These funds have gone towards supporting the charity’s network of Volunteer Support Groups throughout England and Wales, which offer regional assistance to those in need. 

“As a proud Somerset Freemason, I was aware that the Province have already supported the ROS for some time, and the opportunity came up for a potential place at the London Marathon, which I was grateful to accept,” says Mike.

Mike is one of the 46 amazing runners taking on the challenge for the ROS this year.

“We’re so grateful to Mike for his incredible fundraising efforts and dedication to his marathon training,” says Karlie Evans, ROS’s Fundraising Events Manager. “We’re delighted that he chose to mark his 65th marathon by running for the ROS, and wish both him and Kate the very best of luck for the day.”

To learn more about Mike’s story and donate to his run, please visit  

Could you take on a running challenge for the ROS? Discover the events happening in your local area here.

Or if running’s not your thing, there are lots of other ways you can help us raise vital funds to help those living with osteoporosis. Find out more here or email

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