Matt's marathon effort supports cancer charity
PUBLISHED: 10:33 19 November 2014 | UPDATED: 10:33 19 November 2014
A Budleigh man has successfully completed the New York Marathon in memory of his father-in-law.
Matt Maslen, 31, of Armytage Road, took on the challenge with the aim of raising money for Cancer Research UK.
He completed the run – his first ever marathon - in a time of five hours, 26 minutes and 17 seconds, cheered on by his wife, family and friends, with a marathon app tracker meant that friends at home could follow his progress.
Matt had gone through nine months of arduous training to prepare for a race, and overcame several injuries along the way.
He also had to overcome tough conditions on the day, as it turned out to be one of the coldest ever marathons, with a freezing 30mph northerly wind buffeting and chilling runners on the long northerly section of the course.
Matt said: “By the 23 mile mark, I was suffering, however that was the exact moment I saw my family. This gave a psychological lift that drove me quickly through Central Park to the finish.
“It was a marvellous day. I was delighted to reach my goal.”
So far Matt has raised more than £2,000 for Cancer Research UK, which he was inspired to support by his father-in-law, the former chairman of East Budleigh Parish Council Steve Baker, who died earlier this year.
Matt added that he was ‘incredibly grateful’ to those who have sponsored him.
He is still accepting donations, which can be made at http://www.justgiving.com/mattnyc.