Virgin Holidays support 100 marathons in 100 days
- By Saskia Dornan -
- Apr 19, 2012
The inspiration for this incredible undertaking was the loss of Matthew’s friend Phil Latham to a rare stomach cancer in 2010, and a commitment Matthew made to give something back to those who supported Phil and his family during the difficult final months. Matthew hopes to have raised over £100,000 when he completes his epic journey.
The challenge began on 14th January, when Matthew left the Algarve – having never run a full marathon before – to start on the 2,600 mile journey home. Running with just his father in support and staying in campsites as they have travelled through the continent, Matthew has now completed an astonishing 89 marathons and will arrive back in the UK on the 12 April for the final leg of the journey – completing 10 marathons in 10 days. His 100th 26.2 miles will be on 22 April, when he will join the Virgin London Marathon.
As well as making a cash donation to the Framework Foundation, the team at Virgin Holidays has galvanized its 20,000-strong community of Facebook followers to provide additional support to Matthew, posting regular updates to its followers to help raise awareness of the undertaking. Virgin Holidays retail staff will also be showering their renowned ‘Rockstar Service’ on Matthew and welcoming him as he enters the final stages of his mission in Brighton, Bognor Regis, Portsmouth, Southampton and Leatherhead.
Full details of Matthew’s route below:
91 13/04/2012 Folkestone - Rye
92 14/04/2012 Rye - Eastbourne
93 15/04/2012 Brighton marathon
94 16/04/2012 Brighton – Bognor Regis
95 17/04/2012 Bognor Regis - Portsmouth
96 18/04/2012 Portsmouth - Southampton
97 19/04/2012 Southampton - Alton
98 20/04/2012 Alton - Leatherhead
99 21/04/2012 Leatherhead - Greenwich
100 22/04/2012 LONDON MARATHON
Go Matthew, go!