Matt hates running - but he will be pounding the streets in memory of friends

PUBLISHED: 12:08 13 February 2008 | UPDATED: 22:20 26 October 2009

Matt Wallis

Matt Wallis

AMONG the elite athletes and the fundraisers in animal outfits will be thousands of runners trying to achieve their own personal goals at this year s Flora London Marathon. Matt Wallis, of Codicote, a keen tennis player, is hoping to conquer his phobia of

AMONG the elite athletes and the fundraisers in animal outfits will be thousands of runners trying to achieve their own personal goals at this year's Flora London Marathon.

Matt Wallis, of Codicote, a keen tennis player, is hoping to conquer his phobia of running by completing the 26-mile, 385-yard course come April.

The 28-year-old said he had not run for almost 20 years before beginning training and is aiming to run the race in four hours, 45 minutes.

The Old School Close resident is hoping to raise £2,500 for Marie Curie Cancer Care after the deaths of close friends from cancer.

"I am really inspired by Marie Curie nurses and their complete selflessness," he said. "They make such a difference to people's lives.

"A number of good friends of mine have passed away from cancer and had Marie Curie nurses treating them."

To add to the arduous training schedule, Matt has only just recovered from an injury but is determined to be fit for the day.

He said: "The marathon is a real challenge for me as I'm not a runner.

"I find running as boring as hell but I've got up to 12 miles already, and am planning to go back to running three or four times a week."

To raise funds and sponsorship, Matt has organised a music night at Codicote Sports and Social Club in Bury Lane, on March 22 at 8pm.

He can be sponsored by visiting www.justgiving.com/mariecuriemarathon

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