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Luz to London marathon

Today (April 6), Matthew Loddy is running his 77th Marathon in his challenge to run 100 full marathons in 100 days.

The runner began his charitable journey from Praia da Luz on January 14 in the direction of England via Spain.

With him is his 84 year old Father, Tom Loddy, who drives ahead in a Mercedes van, packed with high calorie foods, drinks and a medical kit for Matthew. Nights are spent in inexpensive hotels and campsites.

Matthew set the challenge for himself after his friend Phil Latham passed away at the age of 36 in 2010 from stomach cancer, and has the aim of raising £100,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust and St Francis Hospice in Berkamsted, England.

Matthew told the Daily Mail: “Phil and I had thought of a sponsored walk to the Algarve where we’ve both had great holidays, but when we knew he was not going to make it, I went to see him. In those situations I resort to humour. I said,  ‘What’s going to happen with this sponsored walk? I will have to do it myself’, then I changed it to 100 marathons in 100 days finishing in England.”

He is expected to arrive in London on April 22.

For more information or to donate to Matthew’s cause, please click on Matthews Cause on the left to go to the website.