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Marathon man in cross-Channel run

Charity runner Matthew Loddy completed his 90th marathon on board a P&O Ferries ship on course to finish one hundred 26-mile runs in 100 days.

He continued his marathon feat whilst sailing on the new P&O Ferries Calais-Dover ship the Spirit of France as he looks to complete the challenge in aid of charity the Teenage Cancer Trust. Matthew, 46 and from Hertfordshire, set up a treadmill on board the ship so that he could continue to run and hit his target even as he crossed the Channel. He said: “I'm determined to complete all 100 marathons and raise as much money as I can for the cancer charities. It's been a tough challenge, but I'm well on the way to achieving my goal and I'd like to thank P&O Ferries for supporting me on the latest leg of my journey.”

Matthew kicked-off his challenge on 14 January with a marathon in the Portuguese port of Lagos and will finish after running 2,620 miles by competing in the London Marathon on 22 April. He hopes to raise £100,000 for the cancer charity in memory of a friend.


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13 April 2012