Runner Matt from Gretton goes the extra mile, after mile for The Travers Foundation

Matt Gillespie, ultra-marathon runner
Matt Gillespie, ultra-marathon runner

A runner from Gretton has taken on an ultra challenge, and raised money for a local charity.

Matt Gillespie took part in the 50-mile Ultra-Marathon along the Thames from Oxford to Henley.

There was an 11-hour time limit, but Matt completed the mammoth course in seven hours 54 minutes and came 45th out of more than 300 runners.

His endeavours helped him raise more than £500 for The Travers Foundation.

Matt said: “I would just like to thank everybody who has supported me and donated to the Travers Foundation.

“I had an amazing day.

“Unsurprisingly, I was in so much pain all over, but it was worth it.

“The Thames path isn’t really a path – it’s a quagmire, just mud, mud, and then some more mud.

“After 19 miles I was seventh, but then I found myself lying flat on my back in the mud screaming in agony from cramp in my calf muscle.

“Running in mud is extremely tiring, but I smiled most of the way round, and loved (nearly) every minute of it. I can’t wait for the next one.”

The Travers Foundation helps 13 to 30-year-olds living in Northamptonshire, Rutland or Leicestershire improve their skills in sports, the creative arts and the performing arts.

For further information on the work of the Travers Foundation go to its website at