Angler's marathon bid is halted

MARATHON angler Mark Blake has come to the end of the line in his charity challenge to fish for a year at a Suffolk lake.After almost eight weeks on the bank at Bramford's Suffolk Water Park, the 44-year-old grandfather's crusade has been cut rudely short.

MARATHON angler Mark Blake has come to the end of the line in his charity challenge to fish for a year at a Suffolk lake.

After almost eight weeks on the bank at Bramford's Suffolk Water Park, the 44-year-old grandfather's crusade has been cut rudely short.

At the request of the park management, Mr Blake reeled in for the last time and left the site.

The retired window-cleaner set out on the fishing marathon on October 4 with the aim of raising £20,000 for Children in Need. Now he fears all his efforts may have gone to waste.


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He said: "I am absolutely devastated. The manager came up to me and said he wanted me to leave by Saturday.

"They have let down the charity and all the people that sponsored me to fish for a whole year.

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"Even if I continue at another lake I can't really claim the money off them and I won't get into the Guinness Book of Records as the year has not been continuous."

A spokesman for Suffolk Water Park said Mr Blake was asked to leave because he had fallen foul of their rules.

He said: "We don't want to say too much as it might jeopardize his chances of continuing at another lake. We didn't want to evict him, but we don't tolerate anyone breaking the rules. They are there to protect the welfare of the fish, wildlife and other anglers."

Mr Blake said that he was evicted as part of an ongoing row over management of the café.

He now has nowhere to live after he gave up his home at Shimpling, near Bury St Edmunds, and sold his furniture to take up the challenge.

Although his only catch was a 20lb mirror carp, and one of his rods broke after a month, Mr Blake insisted he had enjoyed the challenge. He said he would continue the marathon if he could find a welcome at another lake.

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