Mark Tanton's Tribute has 18 events raising money for Meningitis Now
Arlene's 1st triathlon
Created by Arlene Ormston

Hi Everyone, this is my first triathlon. It is a 400 m swim, 12 mile bike ride & 3 mile run. I am really looking forward to it and I have trained hard for it. All donations greatly appreciated and go towards Meningitis UK. Many thanks, Arlene x

Ashley's First Duathlon
Created by Ashley Bullock

I will competing in the Althorp Duathlon (5km run, 20km bike and a final 5km run) - Please show me your support and help raise money for this great charity

Campion School Concert
Created by John Tanton

A night of different bands and solo perormances from Campion school and Rockschool. Open to anyone from 7.00 till 10.00pm, March 23rd at Campion School. T-shirts, wrist bands and opportunity to buy the Behind Closed Doors single "Gone Too Soon" Tickets are £2.50 for children and £3.50 for adults.

Charity Single
Created by John Tanton

Mark was a keen Bass player and was a member of the band "Behind Closed Doors". His talented band members have written a song in Mark's memory called "Gone Too Soon". This song is available to buy on CD priced at £2.00 or for download from i-Tunes. We thank all those who helped make this wonderful tribute to Mark possible.

Great North Run 2014
Created by Shirley Waterhouse

I will be running the Great North Run again this year having had a year off in 2013 ! Its good to be back and I would like to raise money for Meningitis Now, recently formed from the merger of Meningitis UK and Meningitis Trust charities. My run will be in memory of Mark Tanton, to add to the excellent work his family and friends have done in the last 4 years in raising a staggering £36k for research and support of other families affected by this devastating disease. Excellent acheivments have been made by the charity in helping to develop a further vaccine but there is still much ongoing work to do. If you havn't donated before please look at Mark's Forever Fund to find out more. The picture attached is of Mark doing one of the things he loved most - making music. My training this year has been consisted of frequent short runs but not much at distance so rest assured I will have sore legs at the end of this one !

Lesley's Great North Run 2013
Created by John Tanton

Hooray, I did it! My Great North run was an incredible experience with a whole load of emotions playing a part. From the nerves beforehand as I waited with all the other first timers to cross the start line to the excitement of being part of the world’s biggest half marathon and the exhilaration of being cheered to the finish line by the wonderful Tyneside locals. I may not have seen Mo run but I did see a whole load of penguins, some bare-bottomed nuns and Scooby Doo. In the end I didn’t really notice the blustery weather! Thank you to all at the Meningitis Trust tent at South Shields. I really did appreciate the tea, goodies and leg massage! I’d like to thank everyone who has sponsored me already. It’s not too late to donate. The recently combined charities of Meningitis UK and Meningitis Trust are committed to funding pioneering research to find a vaccine and other cures for this devastating disease and in supporting those who have been affected by meningitis. Please help me boost Mark's tribute fund and help raise important money for this cause. £10 buys 1000 symptom cards £25 funds 1 hour of research £500 buys a lab computer Thank you for your support.

Mark 'll' Benefit Gig
Created by John Tanton

Our 2nd Benefit Gig was held on Saturday 7th January 2011. Once again the idea was to give local young musicians the opportunity to showcase their talent while raising funds in memory of their friend Mark. This time we also had the pleasure of having Ten Joe Green and King play for us. They are an established band who first got together in Nether Heyford in the 1970s so it was fitting that the youngsters had the opportunity to listen to the music of a band which started out all those years ago. The event was a great success with eveyone agreeing that they had thoroughly enjoyed the night.....and asking if it could become an annual event! Thank you to all who came along and made it such a memorable evening and for helping raise such a lot of money in aid of Meningitis UK and Meningitis Trust.

Mark Tanton Memorial Triathlon 2013
Created by John Tanton

This year’s memorial triathlon will take place on Sunday 7th April at Elizabeth Woodville School in Roade, Northamptonshire. Once again the event will be open to young athletes aged from 8 to 16 and this year there will also be a novice adult event. Following the success of the Brownlee brothers at last year’s Olympics, why not have a go at the increasingly popular sport of triathlon! You could also boost Mark’s Tribute Fund by getting sponsored. To make the event a real family day out there will be refreshments, tombola stall, second hand book stall, bouncy castle and live music. All proceeds will go to Meningitis UK. For more information or to enter go to

Mark's Benefit Gig
Created by John Tanton

Benefit Gig to showcase local musical talent. Friday 14th January in Nether Heyford Village Hall from 7.30pm. THE MARK TANTON BENEFIT GIG - A REVIEW What a fantastic night! The Mark Tanton Benefit Concert was one of those occasions where you feel proud to be part of the Heyford & Flore (where Mark's family live) village communities and pleased to welcome friends and supporters from round and about. The night was a very fitting tribute to Mark in the week that would have been his fifteenth birthday: celebrating and commemorating his life and his love of music. It was wonderful to have so many talented local young people ready to perform and to have so much generous support from the crowd who responded with enthusiasm and helped to raise £1750 for Meningitis UK with pledges still coming in. As well as thanking all those who dug deep into their pockets on the night, the organisers would also like to show their appreciation to others who couldn't come but gave a donation and to those who contributed prizes, funds and time and effort in making the night such a success. The evening kicked off with the Church Benefice Band, made up of members of the four local parishes - Heyford, Flore, Stowe and Brockhall - some of whom were classmates and friends of Mark. They were followed by two bands from Rockschool, which Mark attended, and with whom he played the bass guitar. They were Behind Closed Doors (who have a charity single coming out for Meningitis UK called "Gone Too Soon") and Korrozion. A complete change of musical style followed with some Brazilian beats from the Northampton Samba Bandits who also had members who knew Mark well. Then it was back to guitars, drum and bass first with Plastered In Paris, then Left Til Last (a duo outfit), Transmission and finally Benson. All of these bands included Heyford youngsters who knew Mark and, in the case of Benson, his brother Paul played the guitar. Perhaps one of the highlights of the evening was at the end when the whole crowd got into a circle and belted out Queen's "Don't Stop Me Now!" which was one of Mark's favourite songs - a very moving grand finale.

Mark's Grandad Walks the Pennine Way
Created by John Tanton

I am John, Mark’s Grandad. I am 66years old and a keen hiker and backpacker and I intend to walk the Pennine Way at the end of May 2011 raising funds for Meningitis UK. The Pennine Way is a 272 mile national trail path starting from the village of Edale in Derbyshire. Travelling north through the national parks of The Peak District, Yorkshire Dales and Northumberland finally finishing at the village of Kirk Yetholm just over the border into the Scottish Cheviot hills. The whole trail from end to end will take about 21 days to complete. The Pennine Way is a trail passing a few small villages and towns usually a few miles off route. Names like Kinder Scout, Great Shunner Fell, Tan Hill Inn (the highest pub in England) Cauldron Snout, Malham Cove are some of the places that will be passed en route. I will backpack the whole way, mostly ‘wild camping’ carrying tent, cooker, sleeping bag and minimum essential items. Every 3-4 nights will be spent in hostels in order to get clothes washed and re-charge batteries etc. I have not undertaken a hike of this length before and to date training is progressing satisfactorily. With your help and support in sponsoring me to raise funds for Meningitis UK I will certainly be ready to undertake this task. In terms of sponsorship, your help will be greatly appreciated Just click on the donate button on this webpage. On completion of this trek I will write about my adventure along with photos at this website from middle of July 2011. Thank you for your sponsorship and support, and if you see me on route please mention Mark where I will personally thank you and make you a cup of tea. Thank you, John Tanton

Mark's Walk
Created by John Tanton

Join us for a 7 mile walk around Pitsford Reservoir. All ages and all walking abilities welcome. Bring your dog too, although they will need to be kept on a lead. The walk will start outside the Cafe at 10.00am on Sunday 22nd May. The walk will follow one lap of the reservoir on a mixture of stoney track, dirt track and concrete paths. Remember to wear sturdy footwear and your Mark's Gig T shirt if you have one!! Refreshments will be provided along the route,and there will also be a tombola stall and merchandise stall. Registration will commence at 9.45. 14-16s please bring along a nominated adult for registration.Under 14s need to be accompanied by a nominated adult. This walk has kindly been organised by Kieran and Alison Crick. Sponsor forms are available from Kieran at Campion School. Please contact us if you wish to take part: Alison Crick email Lesley Tanton email

Oxford Triathlon
Created by Sue


Paul's London Marathon 2012
Created by John Tanton

Mark's brother Paul will be running in this year's London Marathon raising funds for Meningitis UK. Training is going well and he hopes to reach his target of £1500. Watch this space for further information on how his training is going. Please donate either on this page or through Just Giving.

Raheem Hayat
Created by Raheem

Brackley triathlon 7th October 2018 My first attempt❣️I’ve been training For Six months and well I did cycle 🚲 From UK 🇬🇧 to South Africa 🇿🇦 so this Should help its a tad less than 26000 km A little bit of love 💖 goes along way...

Sammy's First Ever Duathlon!!
Created by Samantha Hitchcock

So to get fit and do my bit for charity I've decided to sign up for the Althorpe Duathlon on the 18th October (I'm instantly thinking this is a bad idea)!! Many of you may also be thinking what the hell a Duathlon is anyway... Well it's a 5k run / 20k bike ride / 5k run again! I've never done anything like this before and it's going to be a real challenge so please can you spare some pennies for the Meningitis Trust who I'm racing on behalf of! My target is £150 but obviously I want to raise

Shirley's London Marathon
Created by Shirley Waterhouse

Please sponsor me as I run the Virgin London Marathon on April 17th in memory of Mark. Your support has helped me on through the long miles of training and added valuable funds to Meningitis UKs work. I'm pleased to report I completed the Marathon on Sunday 17th ! It was warm, and the last few miles were hard work but I finished in just under 4 hours 34 minutes. Please have a look at the journal entries, a fuller account of the day will follow. I have had a fantastic response for sponsorship and when all is in should have reached the £1500 target. Once again I am pleased to dedicate this run to Mark, I'm sure he was looking down and cheering me on. With thanks Shirley

The Great Nether Heyford Santa Run 2012
Created by John Tanton

Following on from the success of our first ever santa run we will once again be brightening up the streets of Nether Heyford and Flore with the comical sight of Santas chasing after a Christmas pudding. Help us raise funds by entering our 5 mile, 1 mile and 0.5mile races, maybe get sponsored too. If running is not your thing come along to Heyford Village Green to cheer the runners while sipping mulled wine and nibbling on homemade cake. There will also be a bouncy castle, raffle and other attractions.

Triathlon Double
Created by Trystan

I will be competing in 2 Triathlons in 2 days to raise money for Meningitis Now, my efforts will be in memory of Mark Tanton. I am a regualar Triathlete in the East Midlands series, coming 3rd in the TS2 Championship last year. After competing in Lincoln on Saturday 12th September, I will be racing back to Brackley for the Sunday morning Mark Tanton Triathlon. Thank you to my Sponsors 'Progressive Motorsport Ltd' from Brackley, who are also supporting my efforts towards this event.