Matt’s Manic Marathons

Prior to 2014, Matt had run no further than 6 miles at at time and hadn’t completed any kind of race since his school days.  Over a glass of wine one evening, we talked about the devastating situation our friends found themselves in, when their four-year old son was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.  In a spur of the moment decision, he entered a marathon to raise funds to further the quest for a cure.  And he hasn’t looked back since, deciding to take on a marathon a month throughout 2016.  He has now completed all of his planned races: 15 in total, 8 of them fell or trail marathons.  What a star!


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Matt’s marathons:

2016’s monthly marathons completed:

January:  2016 Winter Holly Challenge, Telford. Jan 30th. Read the blog posts here and here.

Winter Holly Challenge Completed
Tired, but glad it’s over!


February: Phoenix Breakfast Club Race, Walton, Feb 15th. A blog post can be found here.


March: Charnwood Marathon, Quorn.  March 19th. Blog post here.

Wot no medal?
Wot no medal?

April: Kielder Ultra Trail Run, Northumberland.  April 10th.

Done! I enjoyed that one...
Done! I enjoyed that one…

May: Leaden Boot Challenge, the Peak District, May 22nd.

I needed the beer after that!
I needed the beer after that!

June: Queens Birthday Kirkstall Trail Race, Leeds, 11th June.

Pic from Kirkstall Trail Race
Tired but OK!

July: Scafell Pike Marathon, the Lake District, 10th July.

OMG! The hardest event ever!
OMG! The hardest event ever!

August: Dovedale Dipper, the Peak District, August 7th.

Hot & Hilly!
Hot & Hilly!

September: The Rutland Marathon, Rutland Water, Sept 18th.

You can just about see me on the right…

October: The Leicester Marathon, Leicester, October 23rd.

Finishing the Leicester Marathon
Fastest time this year. Road running is definitely quicker!

November: The Steppingley Step, Barton-le-Clay, Bedfordshire, November 20th.

Cramp in my foot forced shoe removal for this photo…


December: The Brecon Beacons Marathon. December 3rd.


2014/15 marathons:

Leaden Boot Challenge fell marathon challenge – 17th May 2015

New York Marathon – 2nd November 2014.

Saturday 18th May 2014 – Leaden Boot: The First One!


Well, he’s only gone and done it!!!!

Matt has run a gruelling marathon over the Derbyshire and Staffordshire Dales.  26.2 miles with 5800 feet of ascent, described as”possibly one of the hardest marathons in the country”, he nailed it in 5 hours and 40 minutes, coming in 12th place!


What makes this even more monumental, is that up until February, when he entered for this insane challenge, Matt had never run more than 6 miles on flat ground (apart from one race as an 11 year-old)!


We are all so proud of the training he has put in and the determined grit he showed on the day as he battled over the hills in sweltering heat.  Awesome achievement Matt!!!




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