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Sidmouth runners out in force to run 3.7 miles to ‘Finish for Matt’

Sidmouth Running Club duo Steve and Louise Saunders on their visit to San Francisco where they donned running gear to take part in the 3.7 mile 'Finish for Matt' event.
Sidmouth Running Club duo Steve and Louise Saunders on their visit to San Francisco where they donned running gear to take part in the 3.7 mile 'Finish for Matt' event.

Saturday, May 5, 2018
9:10 AM

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Sidmouth Running Club members who took part in the 3.7 mile 'Finish for Matt' runSidmouth Running Club members who took part in the 3.7 mile 'Finish for Matt' run

Matt was running for the Brathay Trust in memory of his father Martin Campbell who died 18 months ago.

Brathay Trust is a charity that helps vulnerable children and young adults. Tragically, Matt did not make it past 22.5 miles at the London Marathon, where he collapsed and later died.

Sidmouth runners were keen to do something to remember this great man. Kerry Boyle said: “The London Marathon is such a fantastic event; so many great people raising money for charities. It’s a very emotional day.

“We were devastated to hear that a young runner doing what he loved had died. We just felt that by doing this run and raising money for Brathay Trust, his legacy and spirit will live on helping thousands of vulnerable children.”

Sidmouth Running Club's organisers for the 3.7 mile Finish for Matt run.Sidmouth Running Club's organisers for the 3.7 mile Finish for Matt run.

Janice Ranson was pleased that SRC had turned out to pay tribute to Matt. She said: “Together with the running community around the country, Sidmouth Running Club ran his 3.7 miles together this morning to #FinishforMatt.”

Steve Saunders, one of the club runners who was away on Sunday and so missed the event, messaged club runners from California to say: “3.7 miles completed in California instead with Louise Saunders. Mighty Green proudly worn for a great tribute to Matt.”

Sidmouth Running Club families and friends met outside Port Royal and had a minute’s applause in respect of Matt and to wish that Matt had been able to hear the crowds roar on the run down the Mall to the finish line.

The group then headed along the seafront, through the Triangle, past the Parish Church and Blackmore Gardens to the Byes and up to the rugby club at Sidford and back. Kerry said: “In true team spirit we regularly stopped and waited for the runners, some of whom were as young as six. Cheers were given to everyone and £204.25 was raised for the Brathay Trust.”

Sidmouth Running Club member Catherine Hilton form Tipton St John, who has been out of running for four months due to injury, but she was at the London marathon supporting her club mates. She was determined to go out and take part in the 3.7 mile 'Finish for Matt' run and did so along with her two dogs one supporting a Mighty Green Collar.Sidmouth Running Club member Catherine Hilton form Tipton St John, who has been out of running for four months due to injury, but she was at the London marathon supporting her club mates. She was determined to go out and take part in the 3.7 mile 'Finish for Matt' run and did so along with her two dogs one supporting a Mighty Green Collar.

You too can still donate and to do so, go to Matt’s JustGiving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mattcampbell-londonmarathon

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