A TEENAGER who took up running to help deal with his mum's cancer diagnosis has finished 10th in his first half marathon.
Matthew Wilson, 17, is taking on a double-whammy of events in a bid to raise funds for the cancer charity Bloodwise.
He will also be taking on the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Half Marathon in October.
Matthew took 10th place out of 229 runners in the half marathon at the Stoke on Trent Festival of Running on Sunday, July 15.
He completed the 13.26 mile race in one hour and 40 minutes, despite temperatures on the day reaching 27ºC.
Matthew said: “I will be looking to beat the previous time and do all the people who’ve donated – and most importantly my mum – proud once again.”
A student at Painsley Sixth Form, Matthew took up running last year. Now, he is appealing for people to help him reach his £1,000 target for Bloodwise – the charity which funds research into blood cancers.
Online he has already reached £900.60 with £83.38 gift aid and is hoping to smash his final target ahead of the race in Birmingham on October 14.
He is also planning to take on a full marathon when he turns 18.
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