U.K. Man Runs 100 Marathons in 100 Days
To most people, a 26.2 mile race is a once-in-a-lifetime experience - if they ever do one at all.
For 46-year-old Matthew Loddy, marathons are a part of daily life, or at least they have been for the past 90 days. On his “2TonRun” the determined father of two from Kings Langley, Hertfordshire will run 100 marathons in 100 days, with the goal of raising £100,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust and St. Francis Hospice in Berkhamsted. His inspiration comes from a promise he made to friend Phil Latham to grow support and awareness for young people with cancer. Phil was cared for at St. Francis before he died of a rare form of stomach cancer in 2010.
Loddy, who had never run a marathon before training for the event, started the 2,620 mile journey in Algarve, Portugal, on January 14th and will finish with his 100th run at the Virgin London Marathon on April 22nd.
Facing challenges every day, Loddy has been to the hospital three times for treatments of blisters on his foot, and muscle fatigue is his constant companion, but he simply can not be stopped.
Even the English Channel is no match for Loddy’s determination. Life Fitness was proud to support his cause by providing a treadmill to use on the ferry that took him back to the U.K.
Loddy’s work and cause are not going unnoticed and you can read even more about his runs in The Daily Mail.
You can also be a part of this great cause by donating and helping Loddy to reach his £100,000 goal.
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