27 Feb

Marathon Matthew Aiming For 30 In 30

Matthew Loddy

Not content with completing 100 marathons in 100 days in 2012, Matthew Loddy is this year taking on 30 marathons in, you guessed it, 30 days. The 47-year-old has under four weeks until his 786-mile challenge starts on Saturday 23 March, finishing on Sunday 21 April at London marathon.

The Hertfordshire native is running the marathons for Teenage Cancer Trust and aims to raise £100,000 for the charity, having lost a close friend to the disease. Friends will be joining Matthew for some of his runs and locals can be sponsored to run a mile with him. The task involves running through cities throughout the UK, whilst passing various Teenage Cancer Trust units in NHS hospitals. The Scottish leg sees Matthew running from Edinburgh to Falkirk on 23 March, Falkirk to Glasgow on 24 March and Glasgow to Carluke on 25 March.

Matthew said: "Last year's 100 marathons in 100 days was meant to be a one-off but why not do more if I can? Running 30 marathons in 30 days in the UK will highlight Teenage Cancer Trust specialist units for young patients around Britain whilst raising money.

"Teenage Cancer Trust immediately connected with me and my experience. Teenage years should be free, formative and fun no matter what's wrong with your body. Teenage Cancer Trust made me think about a situation I had not realised existed. Teenagers and young adults being treated together in this way is the best possible environment for them at the worst possible time."

The charity builds specialist units within NHS hospitals that bring young people together to be treated by teenage cancer experts in a place designed just for them. All funds raised from the marathon month will go towards the construction and maintenance of further units across the UK.

To book a slot to run with Matthew Loddy contact Jan Maddern on 01442 289999 or to make a donation visit the Framework Foundation website. For more information on Teenage Cancer Trust, visit their website.