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Matthew attempts 100 marathons

Fundraiser Matthew Loddy is working his way through 100 marathons in 100 days – and it is all in aid of charity.

Matthew, 46, from Kings Langley, is aiming to finish his epic challenge at the end of April with the London Marathon.

The boss of Framework Foundation, Berkhamsted, set off on his challenge in memory of his friend Phil Latham, who died from stomach cancer, aged 36.

He said: “We had agreed to do a sponsored walk from London to Portugal together.

“Unfortunately, just after Christmas 2010, Phil was diagnosed as only having a few weeks to live. I jokingly said ‘you’re letting me down, I’ll have to do it on my own’.

“It’s hard work, painful and you lose track of the days – but some of the scenery is absolutely mind-blowing.

“It’s going to be very tough, but hopefully with all the training I’ve done it will be possible.

“It’s injuries that will be the biggest problem and cause the greatest risk of not completing the run.”

Andrew’s running began in Portugal in January and he is following a route through Europe and back to the UK, posting regular updates of his progress on Twitter. Injuries so far have included an inflamed Achilles tendon and an infected blister in his left foot.

Andrew is aiming to finish each marathon in around five hours. He has raised £20,000 so far for the Teenage Cancer Trust and The Hospice of St Francis, in Northchurch. His overall target is to raise £100,000.

 

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