- RIP bullheart
Oh no! I just can’t get my head around this terrible news. I remember reading Mark’s first post about his illness all those years ago & following his battle with **** cancer. If anyone could have pulled through I believed that it would have been Mark, his positive outlook, despite going through what he was going through, was inspiring.
R.I.P.Posted 5 months agoThe Flying OxMember
What shitty, shitty news. Never met him but followed his story from the beginning, awaiting each new post with a mix of trepidation and hope. Thoughts with his family, and hopefully they can take some small consolation from the fact that Mark was such a huge inspiration to everyone here and no doubt to many in the wider world.
RIPPosted 5 months agojediMember
I am truly gutted I coached bullheart years ago and will never ever forget him carrying his bike uphill when he was too tired to pedal it so as to not do it a disservice. Troutie sent me some lights that are still as good today as the day he sent them years ago, he never made it down for the coaching session I promised. Shit shit shit news. Ride on brothers!Posted 5 months agoMargeMember
The posts of Mark, whilst in one way horrific, were also fantastically written, enlightening and above all incredibly moving.
I’d always hoped that he’d win out (perhaps he did by getting so many years more than his original diagnosis) but his most recent posts started to share the inevabilty of the situation
RIP MarkPosted 5 months agoscuttlerMember
Just been re-reading Bullheart’s most recent update and through the tears it includes this in response to being called a role model. So if/when people start to come to terms with it all, you might consider sending your experiences to
Posted 5 months ago
“That’s very kind fella; I’m not too sure why, but I’ll take it. In fact, if you’re happy to tell me kids this directly, we set up and email address some time ago – the hope was that folk could be as honest and truthful about their experiences with/of/about me – I very much want the process to be honest about me, including negative experiences. My kids need to know he EXACTLY what their father was like, not just some halcyon post – death lyrical love-in.
It can be anonymous,and cannot be edited by me – I don’t even have access to the archive anymore. The only person I trusted who would complete this without prejudice is my old tutor/colleague from the IOE, and the complete owner rights to the email are hers (this is legally confirmed).
So please do feel free to comment in some way about if there has been anything I’ve influenced, as it will hopefully one day will help my two amazing girls understand who their dad really was…”clareymorrisSubscriber
We had the great pleasure of drinking beer and talking shite with him at the singlespeed champs………I was so glad to finally meet him. He was ever aware of his own mortality, but it is still devastating to hear he has gone.
HE WILL BE SO PISSED OFF.Posted 5 months ago
I’M PISSED OFF.
……….and very very sad.
RIP Bullheart xScienceofficerMember
I’ve followed Mark’s battle since that first thread.
Anyone who’s done the reading knows that his prognosis of foreshortened life was a virtual certainty, but instead of descending into himself and becoming a supplicant to his condition, he accepted the endless rounds of chemo with stoicism and dignity and embraced his life and opportunities with even more vigour and bullishness – appropriate given his bovine implant.
For this, I found him – a man I have never met – someone to admire. Mark inspired me to be braver in my own life in many small ways and I hope that by influencing the life of a stranger, something of his spirit, no matter how small, will endure by what I do, and what I learned from him.
Those who know me well know that I don’t believe there is an after-life, but I wish there is, because I will shake his hand and thank him for making me a better man by his example.
I’m off for a little weep now.Posted 5 months agothisisnotaspoonSubscriber
Met him at one of Phil’s Swinley sexyparties many years ago, we went off and got lost at the end to cram in a few more miles of singletrack, seems almost an appropriate metaphor!
Met him again at SSUK’17, he was so matter of fact when I asked how he was doing that I had to question him again what he meant! Still as determined as ever to get as much riding done as possible.
He crammed so much into the last decade, amazing bloke.Posted 5 months ago
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