Matt manages to squeeze in London marathon day after 110-mile run

Torbay Weekly

Matt Dalton had the ideal preparation for taking part in this year's 'live' London Marathon - another 110-mile run lasting more than 30 hours just the day before.

Dad-of-two Matt started out on gruelling North Coast 110, taking in the North coast of the South West Peninsular from Hartland to Minehead, at 7.30am on the Friday morning.

Come mid-afternoon on Saturday - 30 hours and 45 minutes later to be precise - he was crossing the finishing line in Somerset before heading up the motorway and his date in the capital on the Sunday and a 26-mile marathon watched by thousands which he completed in four hours and 30 minutes.

"I must admit I felt a bit tired, but I love a challenge," said ground worker Matt, 50, who lives in Paignton.

It was all for a good cause. Matt has been raising money for charities since the death of his mum from cancer.  So far he has raised more than £10,000.

Matt, who is a member of the South Devon Athletics Club based at Paignton's Torbay Leisure Centre and has been running for five years, said: "Five years ago I lost my mother to pancreatic cancer. It knocked all my family for six for how quickly she died after getting diagnosed 40 days before.

"I had never ran any distance until after my mum's death. I can't believe how far I've come in this short space of time and also the amount of money I've raised for charities which is something I'm very proud of."

Matt, who is married to Sue and has two grown-up daughters, took part in the 110 last year but that was followed by a 'virtual' London  marathon due to Covid and involved running on the Torbay coastal path.

Matt says you can't beat the real thing and running through the streets of the capital which happened this year.

He says: "Going over Tower Bridge was particularly special. It is just crazy. The atmosphere is electric. It just drags you along with people shouting your name."

He had overcome one, small challenge when after five miles a runner dropped their water bottle and  Matt rolled his ankle. "It was badly bruised, " said  Matt which was hardly surprising after running 136 miles in two days!

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