Matt from Paignton in Devon sadly lost his mother, Judy, just 34 days after diagnosis of pancreatic cancer in September 2016. This is the fuel behind all of Matt’s running events, challenges and successes.
Having never really been a runner, Matt now has the bug and says “it’s been a massive healing process for me with the running, mentally and physically. Losing her felt so unfair but also a relief she had not suffered for months, to see her fight in those few days is what spurs me on with my running “
During 2018, Matt has represented PCA at a number of running events across the UK such as Brighton Marathon, Frome Half Marathon, Royal Parks Half Marathon and the Great North Run. In store for 2019, he will be taking on 3 Marathons in 4 weeks – Brighton, London and Manchester…he has officially got the running bug! Among other 10Ks and Half Marathons for the duration of the year, we are sure!
After recently joining the running club, Riviera Racers in the last 6 months, he has been made the Male Club Captain and has passed his UK Athletics Run Leader course. The Riviera Racers have also chosen PCA as their charity for 2019, we are so pleased.
Matt wants to help raise awareness of pancreatic cancer as he feels hardly anyone knows about it and he’d like to see more screening and earlier tests to lead to that vital diagnosis in time for surgery. Matt’s support over the past few years and his passion to spread the word about pancreatic cancer through his running is incredibly moving.
Good luck Matt, we are so grateful to receive your support and fundraising efforts. We can’t wait to cheer you on over the finish line in April.
To donate to Matt’s fundraising page, please follow this link: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=MatthewDalton2&pageUrl=7