Run hero’s flying visit

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The man who is attempting to run 30 marathons in 30 days finished his 19th in Hemel Hempstead today – and will begin his 20th from Berkhamsted tomorrow.

The Gazette was there to greet Matthew Loddy as his 26.2-mile run ended yesterday at the Marlowes bandstand, and we caught his final strides on camera for a video (above).

Matthew Loddy in Hemel Hempstead.

Matthew Loddy in Hemel Hempstead.

He said: “I am very pleased and very relieved. My legs are killing me and my bum is killing me. But there you are – another one done, 19 finished.”

He is doing the endurance challenge to raise cash for the Teenager Cancer Trust.

Last year, he ran from Lagos in Portugal to London, completing 100 marathons in 100 days, to raise cash for the Trust and The Hospice of St Franics in Northchurch.

Matthew, 47, was welcomed to Hemel Hempstead today by mayor of Dacorum Bert Chapman, who said: “He’s making a difference. That’s why we are proud of him. He’s doing fantastic, really.”

Matthew, who lives in Watford Road, Kings Langley, will begin tomorrow’s run from his business, Framework Scaffolding Contractors, in Northbridge Road, Berkhamsted.

Mayor of Berkhamsted Ron Cowie will wave him off before Matthew runs through Bourne End, Apsley and Kings Langley, eventually finishing at Arsenal Football Club’s Emirates Stadium in London.

He finished his 19th marathon in 3hrs, 22 mins 23 secs after running to Hemel Hempstead from Letchworth Garden City.

You can make a donation by visiting www.frameworkfoundation.co.uk or text RUN30 to 70300 to donate £3.