By Charlie Liggins
A Leeds Trinity University student is taking on one of the world’s best-known marathons to raise money for charity after losing his dad to cancer.
Matthew Byrne, 21, a philosophy and ethics student, has decided to run the raise funds for cancer research by running the London Marathon.
The event is set to take place on April 24, with many people looking to run the marathon for various causes or just for their enjoyment of the sport.
Matthew, renowned for his running on the rugby pitch, said: “I would like to run it under four hours, but to be honest as long as I finish it I’ll be happy.”
When asked on his preparation for the marathon, he said: “To be honest I haven’t done as much as I maybe should have. However I have done a few half marathons and I’m hoping all the rugby and squash I’m doing will keep me fit.”
Many of Matthew’s friends and family are going to watch him race with a lot of them being close to his father, Christopher, who passed away.
Matthew’s brother Joseph said: “I think my brother will do well and at least finish the marathon. He is a strong willed person and I am 100 per cent sure he will get through it for dad.”
Treena Johnson, an experienced marathon runner whose son Alex goes to Trinity, said: “I know how hard it can be to be mentally prepared. However Matt has a reason to run the marathon and I think it is great that he is able to do so to raise money for cancer research.”
Treena is ranked second in the over-50 category in Great Britain and will be running the marathon herself.
Matthew said: “Raising money for cancer research by running the marathon will at least contribute to a charity that tries extremely hard to give cancer the boot.”
Matthew can be sponsored at https://www.justgiving.com/Matthew-Byrne94/.