After the devastating news of Matt Campbell’s death at last weekend’s Virgin London Marathon, chefs Jamie Park and Tom Peters, both close friends of Matt, are inviting runners to join them in completing the final 3.7 miles of London Marathon this Sunday (29 April).
Matt, a professional chef from the Lake District, collapsed during the London event around the 22.5 mile mark. The 29-year-old, who had completed the Greater Manchester Marathon earlier this month, was running in memory of his father to raise funds for the Brathay Trust, a charity that helps vulnerable children and young people.
The outpouring of tributes since Sunday has shown how highly Matt was thought of and donations to his Justgiving page from over 17,000 supporters have now exceeded £200,000. To bring everyone together who has been affected by his passing, Park and Peters have organised this Sunday’s Miles for Matt event and are hopeful of raising even more money for the Brathay Trust.
Tom, who stared alongside Matt in the BBC show, said: “I met Matt in the ‘MasterChef’ kitchen, and something that should have been so competitive and nerve-racking just became so fun and it was inspiring to work next to such an interesting chef.
“He was infectious with his passion, not only for cooking but for healthy eating and also running. He helped me massively with my preparation for London marathon. The 3.7 miles we are running on Sunday is symbolic for Matt, as we’ll be finishing the rest of the marathon course for him."
Details of Sunday's #MilesForMatt are available here.