Run­ning habit clicks with pho­tog­ra­pher

Three marathons in a month to raise money for a new hospice

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Matt Fowler, 47, a fa­therof-two, who only took up long dis­tance run­ning three years ago, will be com­plet­ing the Manch­ester, Brighton and Lon­don races on con­sec­u­tive week­ends in April in or­der to raise funds for the South Bucks Hospice.

He hopes peo­ple in the area will back him in aid of the hospice char­ity over the triple en­durance feat, and aims to fin­ish each of the 26 mile races in times of just over three hours.

He said: “It will be tough but so worth it if I am able to raise a lot of money for such a worth­while cause.

“The char­ity is build­ing a new com­mu­nity hospice in Tot­teridge right now and needs ev­ery penny it can get to help give the best pos­si­ble care to pa­tients.

“This will spur me if I hit the wall dur­ing any of the races, be­cause I know I need to do my very best to help th­ese pa­tients who rely on the pub­lic’s gen­eros­ity.”

Mr Fowler, who runs his own com­mer­cial pho­tog­ra­phy busi­ness, has al­ready com­pleted sev­eral marathons and is booked in for more world.

But his run­ning ca­reer started by ac­ci­dent in 2012 when he gave his son a lift to school row­ing ses­sions in Mar­low ev­ery week.

He said: “I had a cou­ple of hours to fill. Firstly I walked our dog along the river, one hour out and then back again.

“I found that we passed a bridge to the other river bank on our walk and won­dered if I could do a cir­cu­lar route rather than cov­er­ing the same ground each time.”

“The first at­tempt was a bit fran­tic as I’d un­der­es­ti­mated the length of the route and it re­sulted in a mad dash to get back in time.

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“So I started run­ning bits of it to make up the time. Firstly only the down­hill bits, then I’d run a bit, walk a bit. Even­tu­ally I could run the whole course and be back in time for a coffee be­fore pick­ing him up.”

If you would like to spon­sor Mr Fowler, go to cam­paign.just­giv­ing.com/ char­ity/south­bucks hospice/Three-Marathon­sin-a-Flash-Matt-FowlerSouth-Bucks-Hospice.

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