Knee op man faces marathon test

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A Boston Spa man who underwent knee surgery just months ago is to run the London Marathon to help fee hungry children.

Matt Firth, will be making great strides to raise enough money to provide children a daily meal in school for a whole year through the charity Mary’s Meals.

Charity spokesman Mairead Macrae said: “Matt underwent surgery on his knee at the end of last year and this will be his first event since recovery which is rather impressive.

“Matt has already raised enough money to feed 107 hungry children a daily meal in school for a whole year.”

Although Matt has only been training since the end of February, he has a marathon target in sight.

“I have a bit of a chequered history with marathons,” he said.

“I ran the London marathon ten years ago and ran it in 4 hours 4 minutes. That four minutes rankled and I signed up to run the Yorkshire marathon to shave those four minutes off my time. But I ended up running that in exactly 4 hours 4 mins too!

“So, I’m most excited about potentially getting in at under four hours. I know I might not do it but I’m looking forward to trying. The crowds at the London Marathon are always amazing so it’s always a great day.”

Mary’s Meals provides one daily meal ina place of learning in order to attract chronically poor children into the classroom.

It was started in 2002 when Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow visited Malawi during a famine and met a mother dying from AIDS.

When Magnus asked her eldest son what his dreams were in life he simply replied that he wanted to have enough food to eat and to go to school one day.

The charity feeds 1,101,206 hungry children every school day across five continents.

Matt added: “I’d been looking for the right cause. I’d run two marathons before for two charities and I was wondering about who to support for this one.

“My father-in-law is a huge Mary’s Meals supporter - he really loves supporting the charity and never stops talking about how important its work is.

“I spoke to him about it and I knew that it was a really good cause doing great work.”

Matt has already He has raised £1,073.00 (£1,308.75 inc. Gift Aid) which can feed 107 children for an entire school year.·