Marathon Monkey

Marathon Monkey!

24 March, 2016


A student nurse from Bilston has set himself an unusual challenge - to run four marathons in four weeks dressed as a monkey!


Twenty-five year-old Mandeep Kharpal is a keen runner, and has already completed the Victoria Park Half Marathon in London in January of this year. He chose to run this in aid of the local brain injury charity Headway West Midlands after the death of a friend’s mother following a brain injury.


Mandeep explained: “I love running but thought it would make the half marathon even more fun if I wore fancy dress. I chose a monkey costume as when I was younger, my Dad used to call me ‘bandar’, which means monkey in Punjabi. Sure enough the costume attracted lots of attention during the race as well as more money for the charity as well.”


Mandeep then decided to stretch himself further and run not one but FOUR marathons dressed in the monkey costume. This includes Manchester on 10 April, Bungay Black Dog (Suffolk) on 17 April, Blackpool on 24 April and Milton Keynes on 2 May.


“It was cooler in January when I ran the first race dressed as a monkey,” he said, “but I think it will be more of a challenge this time, with the longer distance and the potential for warmer weather. But it will all be worth it if I meet my fundraising target.”


Mandeep is hoping to raise £1,500 for Headway West Midlands, which will help the charity continue its work providing information, support and specialist rehabilitation services to those affected by brain injury in the local area.


Anyone wanting to pledge their support can donate via his JustGiving Page at while further information on the charity is available at .






Mandeep is from Bilston and is currently completing his nursing training at Oxford Brookes University. He chose to support Headway West Midlands following the death of his close friend’s mother, who died in December 2013 following a severe brain injury.


For more information

Contact Julie Wedgbury in the Fundraising department at Headway West Midlands at or on 07483 173877.


Photo Caption

The photographs attached features Mandeep Kharpal in training for his many marathons!


About Headway West Midlands

Headway West Midlands is a registered charity helping to improve the lives of those affected by brain injury in the Birmingham and Solihull areas. Its aim is to promote greater understanding of all aspects of brain injury and provide information, support and services to the person with the acquired brain injury as well as their family and carers. For full information, visit .

Links to press release 


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