Running habit clicks with photographer
Three marathons in a month to raise money for a new hospice
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.
“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.