Matt Hunt, a Kesgrave man has completed his first Virgin London Marathon in well under three hours – raising money for Suffolk Family Carers.
Matt, 36, undertook the challenge in recognition of the challenges his mum faced while a carer for family members. He is hopeful that he has raised in the region of £1,000.
A personal trainer, Matt completed the race in a time of 2.43.18, having set his heart on a time of less than 2.45.
“I’m absolutely delighted,” he said. “The weather was great for running, the organisation of the race was fantastic, and the team from Suffolk Family Carers, my family and friends were here cheering me on and making the whole thing feel even more worthwhile.
For me, it means so much that this has been in aid of Suffolk Family Carers during their 25th anniversary year. I know first hand how hard those caring for their loved ones work and I really wanted to do something and make a difference like they do every day for others”
“I was determined to get as close to 2.45 as I could, so to see my time at the finish is absolutely the icing on the cake to a superb day.
“For me, it means so much that this has been in aid of Suffolk Family Carers during their 25th anniversary year. I know first hand how hard carers work and I really wanted to do something to reward them for their efforts.”
Alison Nightingale, from Suffolk Family Carers, was at the course supporting Matt. She said: “I’m so pleased to have been at the race to watch Matt do his thing in aid of Suffolk Family Carers. It really will make such a difference to us.”
Reflecting on security and the early suggestions that the Boston Marathon bombings may give way to tighter security, she said: “It certainly seemed as if there was a high level of police presence, but it didn’t feel uncomfortable in any way – more reassuring.
“The level of organisation was superb and everyone was in high spirits and determined to do their bit for the various charities they were representing.”
The money raised from sponsorship will go directly to Suffolk Family Carers, a charity which is in touch with over 14,000 carers in Suffolk. The organisation, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, creates a vital support service through the provision of information, advice, guidance, training, health and wellbeing services, signposting, respite, a Family Carers cafe and much more.
Matt is married to Jo and father to Olivia, seven, and Alfie, four. He has only been running for 12 months and last year completed the Edinburgh Marathon in 2 hours 52.