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.

"If it takes me six hours, seven hours, even eight, it doesn't really matter. I'm treating this as though I'm going out to work every day and I've got an eight hour shift or whatever because the children are going to be able to play in a safe environment. If they fall down they're not going to be damaging themselves. I just want to help as much as I can."

Ray Matthews

"It has the potential to make an incredible difference giving them opportunities to access maybe accessible equipment, maybe accessible roundabouts or a whole range of things that we might create."

Katharine Ryan-Murray, Deputy Headteacher, Newman School

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