Marathon man ready to walk the walk for 2012

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Super fit Matthew Peleszok will be walking non-stop around an athletics track for 20 hours and 12 minutes to mark this summer’s Olympic Games.

Just a week after taking on the London Marathon, the schools sports manager will be fighting sleep and fatigue to walk the circuit of Kettering Athletics Track in Thurston Drive.

Accompanying him on the route from midnight on Saturday, April 28, will be members of Kettering Town Harriers who will take turns to walk alongside the 30-year-old.

Mr Peleszok, who lives in Kettering, hopes to raise money for the Ron Pickering Memorial Trust and Cancer Research UK.

He has set himself the task of raising £2,000 for the charities.

Mr Peleszok said: “I wanted to not only raise some money through doing the marathon but try and raise a bit more by doing something else after.

“With the 2012 Olympics coming up it seemed a good idea to also walk for 20 hours and 12 minutes for charity.

“I also wanted to do it to celebrate the fact the Olympics are coming to London.”

Mr Peleszok works at schools in Corby, Oundle and Thrapston as a schools sports manager.

He teaches, offers teacher guidance and organises inter-school competitions.

In preparation for both challenges he is not only jogging most days but also doing six to 10-hour walks at the weekends.

Over the 20 hours and 12 minutes he aims to do a total of 60 miles.

He said: “It’s obviously not going to be easy doing the walk for so long and soon after the marathon.

“But I’m keen to do well to raise as much money for charity as I can.”

The Ron Pickering Memorial Trust is dedicated to assisting aspiring young athletes.

Mr Peleszok said: “In this olympic year this is a cause close to my heart through my commitment to athletics locally and nationally.”

He will also be raising funds for Cancer Research UK.

The charity has helped both his parents in their fight with cancer over the past seven years.

As part of the fundraising a raffle will be held after the marathon with prizes from local businesses.