Matt Frith

Matt's Marathon

Fundraising for CLEAR
raised of £1,750 target
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We provide therapy, counselling and support to help children and adults harmed by abuse


Hello you beautiful people - thank you for visiting my page.....and of course giving me lots of your lovely dosh!

I am running a marathon in May 2020 in order to raise money for CLEAR Emotional Trauma and Therapy Specialists, who are a Cornish charity based in Truro. Their mission is to prevent, reduce and help children, young people and adults to heal from emotional trauma, in particular trauma that is linked to domestic abuse and sexual violence. More details of their undoubtedly sterling efforts and incredibly important work can be found at - .

The Target......

The main target is obviously to raise as much money for CLEAR as is humanly possible. However I also have my own personal target for the marathon itself - of course firstly I want to be able drag my sorry carcass across the finishing line whilst retaining a small modicum of dignity, but after that.....

Eliud Kipchoge’s world record marathon time is 2:01:39, he is an Olympic Gold Medallist and has won 12 out of the 13 professional marathons he has run. Early this year with the help of phalanx of the world’s greatest long-distance runners, a pace car with lasers and a pair of expensive springy shoes he achieved the basically super-human feat of a marathon in 1:59:40. True legend. It is dawning on me now that at the age of 41 I may have missed my chance to match those kinds of stats.

However, if we employ a handicap system as you would do in Golf, maybe then I can beat his time.

EK – 34
MF – 41
2 minutes a year = +14 minutes

EK – 1m 67
MF – 6ft (rounded up)
Don’t understand metric measurements so call it a draw

EK – 57kg
MF – well *ahem* 90kg give or take….more to the give side
1 minute per kilo = +33 minutes

Professional Training
EK – Yes
MF – read an article '10 things marathon runners get wrong'
16 years of professional training 2 minutes a year = +32 minutes

Altitude Training
EK – Yes
MF – I do not run up hills if I can help it
Altitude deficit – 30 secs per mile = +13 minutes

Marathons Run
KG – 13
MF – 1.75 (marathons walked .25)
Experience deficit @ 1 minute per marathon = +11 minutes

Career High
EK – First man in history to run sub 2hr marathon
MF – That afternoon I accidentally left the top of the tipex….
Winning Mentality +10 minutes

Starting Point
Currently Running
Currently eating crisps on a sofa
Laziness bonus +7 minutes

Therefore - 1:59:40+14+33+32+13+11+10+7 = 3:59:40

So if I can run a 3:59:40 marathon with no laser car, no expensive springy shoes and with the only pacemaker being someone in a novelty fancy dress costume – I win…

About the charity


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CLEAR is a Cornish Charity that supports children and adults harmed by abuse. We provide therapy and counselling for children, adults and families; positive relationships, emotional wellbeing and peer support workshops in schools and the community and accredited training for professionals

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