It has been an eventful few weeks for Matt Rees. Two weeks ago, the Swansea Harrier shot to stardom after assisting exhausted runner David Wyeth to the finish line at the Virgin London Marathon. On Sunday, he produced a fine performance to win the Great Welsh Marathon. To cap this off, Rees will be reunited with the runner he helped at London when they both compete at the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run 10K on Sunday 28 May.
Rees’ act of selflessness at London has quickly become an iconic scene of the camaraderie that comes with running. The video of Rees helping Wyeth has been shared widely across social media and Wyeth’s club, Chorlton Runners, expressed their gratitude in a heartfelt Facebook post that generated over 60,000 likes.
Now the pair, who have communicated regularly since London, will line up alongside each other in Manchester. According to Wyeth, Rees is in for a warm reception from his fellow clubmates: “I'm really excited to be here representing a local club along with 80 other Chorlton Runners.”
He added: “It is fantastic that Matthew will have the chance to meet so many of my clubmates so soon after our London adventure! Everyone associated with Chorlton Runners will be delighted to see Matt, myself included, following his wonderful act of kindness in London – there will be such incredible support for him right around the course.”
Rees, who will just be getting used to being crowned the Great Welsh Champion after his performance at Festival Fields, said of his motivation in helping his fellow runner: "It was more important to get David over the line rather than to focus on my time. I've been overwhelmed with the response this has had and I'm grateful for the organisers for inviting me along to this event. It'll be great to see David again – in happier circumstances this time, though.”