Marathon man Matt set to kick off incredible mission
A LLANELLI dad is taking on a Premier League challenge as he aims to run between 24 football grounds for charity.
Matt Rogerson, of Brynheulog, is in training to run more than a marathon a day over three weeks as he passes the stadiums of the top 21 Premier League football teams of all time — including four for Wimbledon.
The 39-year-old is no stranger to charity challenges, running nearly 1,500 miles and cycling 1,200 miles so far this year, and completing three marathons in 16 days in aid of good causes last year.
But the football fan and business studies lecturer at Gorseinon College described this latest venture as "bigger and better", spurred on by his 16-year-old son Robert who has learning difficulties.
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Matt said: "I'm hoping to raise as much as possible between three charities — the Bobby Moore Cancer Fund, the Children's Trust and Breakthro' Llanelli.
"My son is in special needs school Heol Goffa and attends Breakthro', so the second two charities are close to my heart.
"I wanted to raise money for a cancer charity because there are so many people affected by cancer and the Bobby Moore charity had a cancer link, so it was ideal."
Approaching a milestone birthday, Matt said it was an ideal time to take on such a huge challenge — which he hopes to complete between March 28 and April 21.
Matt said: "I do know this is a momentous challenge, but I promised myself I would do it before turning 40 this December, and loving football it seems a logical way to go."
But Matt's training plans hit a hitch last week.
"I broke my toe on Sunday. I fell down the stairs," he said.
"It's affected my training plans because I have been doing 60-70 miles per week."
However, Matt is not one to let a setback like a broken toe ruin his plans.
"I can keep on going on the bike for four weeks, while my toe heals," he said.
"I'm more than confident I can do the challenge. But it won't be easy — I'm not kidding myself."