A BROMSGROVE man who kicked a 40-a-day smoking habit will be running the London Marathon on Sunday for the charity Young at Heart.
Matt Greaves has been a moderate jogger for the past few years but has been plagued with a mild injury and his tobacco addiction.
He decided to take up the marathon challenge after Martina Ponsonby asked him if he knew anyone who was up for running the 26.2mile race for Young at Heart.
“I felt this was my opportunity to really shake off my demons and complete a long held ambition, as well as hopefully raising a decent amount of money.”
He gave up smoking in Novermber as soon as he heard he’d secured his place in the race for Young at Heart.
“I have been dedicated to the cause every since, and trained four or five times a week.”
Matt, who runs Bromsgrove Body Repairs Ltd, has fitted his schedule around his work commitments.
He has also given up alcohol and changed his diet.
“The sponsor money has been flowing generously from both work and friends and to date I have raised about £2,000.” he said.
He was also thrilled to receive an autograph of support from keen runner Eddie Izzard last week after his mother-in-law spoke to the comedian about Matt’s marathon whilst he was on a visit to Worcester.
Visit www.justgiving.com/owner-email/pleasesponsor/mattsmarathonmayhem to sponsor Matt.
Matt will be pounding the streets of the Capital on Sunday to raise funds for Young at Heart. s