Marathon for Matt today

Ex para Matt Fitch will run 7 marathons in 7 days over Christmas ANL-141012-191907009
Ex para Matt Fitch will run 7 marathons in 7 days over Christmas ANL-141012-191907009

Whilst most of us will spend today tucking into rich food, one man is shedding the calories and pounds.

Ex para Matt Finch is pounding the roads around Haverhill for four hours this morning over 26 miles to complete a marathon.

And if that isn’t enough, superfit Matt, 29, is actually attempting seven marathons (184 miles) in seven days between last Monday and this Sunday.

The Haverhill Leisure Centre personal trainer and former ISKA British Thai Boxing champion aims to raise £1,000 in aid of Clare Seekers, a social club in Clare for the visually impaired.

The challenge echoes that of Matt’s hero Sir Ranulph Fiennes who completed seven marathons in seven days on seven continents in 2003.

Matt’s challenge came about after he took a friend who is almost blind out for the day and realised just how hard it is for him but also for his wife.

He said: “It really brought home how hard it is to be without sight and how difficult it is to look after someone with a disability.

“It’s the little things that you really don’t realise. Like stopping before you go from a dark room into the light because people who have visual disabilities need time to adjust.”

He reckons the runs will only take him four hours in the morning before he can sleep it off in the afternoons.

His route takes him from Haverhill to Steeple Bumpstead, Birdbrook, Kedington, Thurlow, Great Bradley, the Haverhill bypass and round the leisure centre car park.

Haverhill leisure centre manager James Purkiss said: “Matt loves to set himself small challenges! He is an inspiration to others and we admire his passion for fitness and for raising money for charity.”

Visit https://www.justgiving.com/yimby/matt7over7#/ to sponsor Matt.