75 year old to run 75 marathons in 75 days

Ray Matthews in Rotherham Credit: ITV News Calendar

A 75 year old man from Rotherham has started a challenge to run 75 marathons in 75 days. Ray Matthews has regularly run up to 150 miles in a single session before but says he will be going at a more leisurely pace this time, taking up to eight hours for a single 26 mile run.

Ray was joined by friends and fellow runners at Herringthorpe Stadium this morning at the start of his challenge which will see him tackling routes across South Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire as well as two runs in France before completing his endurance feat on 14 September.

Newman School, Rotherham Credit: ITV News Calendar

Ray hopes to raise £75,000 to buy outdoor play equipment for the nearby Newman School which teaches children with special needs and disabilities.

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