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Matt Richardson from Ipswich to raise money for Widowed and Young charity as part of a gruelling seven day marathon challenge





A Suffolk man will run seven marathons in seven days to raise money for charity.

Matt Richardson, from Ipswich, will begin his first race on July 22 in support of the Widowed And Young (WAY), a charity close to his and his family’s heart.

The organisation, which helps people whose loved one died before their 51st birthday, have recently supported Matt’s sister-in-law following the death of her husband, aged 44.

Matt Richardson will undertake a gruelling seven day marathon challenge for charity. Picture: Sam Richardson
Matt Richardson will undertake a gruelling seven day marathon challenge for charity. Picture: Sam Richardson

Each of the 26.2 miles marathons will be completed at the Suffolk Running Centre, in Great Barrow, near Bury St Edmunds.

Matt said the most challenging part will be maintaining resilience and discipline, especially if the weather will be hot.

He said: “I will need to temper my pace bearing in mind that between races, I will have around 19 hours before I go at it again the following day.

Matt has run over 75 marathons to date. Picture: Sam Richardson
Matt has run over 75 marathons to date. Picture: Sam Richardson

“So recovering and making sure my legs are fresh and ready to go again for the next race start at 9am the following day will be key.”

Matt will run a different course each day to complete his marathon.

The challenge is supported by Onventure, a local sports and coaching buisness run by Matt’s brother, Sam Richardson, and friend, Daniel Coughlan.

They have helped Matt to raise funds and have supported him with training and coaching in the lead up to the challenge.

Daniel said: “I have known Matt for many years. He is a seasoned runner, but even by his standards, this is a colossal challenge, running over 180 miles across seven days in the height of summer.

“I couldn’t be prouder that Onventure has supported him with his challenge.

“I know he has the determination and grit to get the job done and raise a lot of money for such a valuable cause.”

As of today, Matt has raised over £1,000 for the WAY charity, exceeding his original target of £500.

To support the cause visit the JustGiving page here. Matt has also been writing about the challenge on his blog.

Matt added: “I have been so grateful for each and every donation. I have been a bit overwhelmed with how generous people have been and continue to be in supporting me.”

Additionally, Matt has set himself another challenge with an aim of becoming part of the 100 Marathon Club, an exclusive running club for those that have completed over 100 full marathons.

He has completed over 75 marathons to date.