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A HOSPICE’S hero notched up a hat-trick at the Lon­don Marathon at the week­end.

Fa­ther-of-two Matt Fowler raced over the Lon­don Marathon fin­ish­ing line on Sun­day to com­plete an epic longdis­tance run­ning hat-trick for South Bucks Hospice.

The Lon­don event was 47-year-old Mr Fowler’s third marathon in three con­sec­u­tive weeks as he set about rais­ing funds for pa­tients with life-lim­it­ing ill­nesses.

He fin­ished Sun­day’s race in three hours 34 min­utes and 16 sec­onds – just five sec­onds slower than his time in Brighton a week ear­lier. And two weeks ago, he recorded a per­sonal best time at Manch­ester of three hours 16 min­utes and 13 sec­onds.

All in all, he has com­pet­i­tively raced more than 78 miles in a lit­tle over 10 hours over the last fort­night on be­half of the char­ity.

Mr Fowler said: “I was re­ally pleased with my Lon­don Marathon time – es­pe­cially as af­ter eight miles my legs were re­ally tired. I was de­lighted I still man­aged to hold on for same time as Brighton, and pleased that I have kept my prom­ise to run three in three week­ends for the hospice. I hope the public will now back me in do­nat­ing to my Just­Giv­ing in­ter­net page be­cause the char­ity is build­ing a new com­mu­nity hospice right now in Tot­teridge and needs every penny it can get to help give the best pos­si­ble care to pa­tients.”

Chief ex­ec­u­tive at South Bucks Hospice Jo Woolf said: “Ev­ery­one here is so proud of Matt and what he’s do­ing on be­half of our pa­tients. What a fan­tas­tic do­na­tion of pre­cious time and en­ergy. It would be won­der­ful if 500 peo­ple now logged into Matt’s Just­Giv­ing page and do­nated a pound.”

To spon­sor Mr Fowler and sup­port hospice pa­tients go to http:// cam­paign.just­giv­ char­ity/south­bucks hospice/Three-Marathon­sin-a-Flash-Matt-FowlerSouth-Bucks-Hospice.

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