Sheffield MD pledges to ‘finish Matt’s marathon’ this weekend

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Jon Gardner, the managing director of Sheffield based public relations agency BeyondPR has successfully completed his 3rd London marathon, raising over £2000 so far for national charity, SeeAbility (http://bit.ly/jonsmarathin). Jon has pledged to run an extra 3.7 miles this weekend along with thousands of other marathon finishers looking to mark the tragic loss of talented chef, Matt Campbell.

Jon meeting Paula Radcliffe who wished him luck at the marathon Expo on Friday

All in all, it was a fantastic weekend that was only dampened on Monday when I heard about Matt, whilst on the train back to Sheffield. Doing the 3.7 extra miles and putting £5 each on his fundraising page is a great idea, and is surely one of the most positive uses of social media and the internet.

Jon has lost nearly four stone in weight training for the event, and knocked 15 minutes off his VLM personal best, completing the 26.2 mile course in 5 hours 10 minutes, despite the extremely challenging conditions presented by the hottest London Marathon on record.

“I am delighted to have been able to get round safely, while enjoying the incredible support of the London crowds, which included five family and friends who travelled down from Sheffield to pop up and cheer me on at the 11 mile mark in Bermondsey,” said Jon.

“A total stranger took a photo for me at Tower Bridge, and I’d had the added motivation of meeting Paula Radcliffe at the marathon Expo which was quite inspiring. One of our clients, Aquarium Software, started off my fundraising with an exceptionally generous donation, and then friends and family who have all supported me a number of times previously, dug deep again, so I cannot thank them all enough,” Jon added.

But the work is not done yet, with Jon pledging to run an extra 3.7 miles this weekend along with thousands of other marathon finishers looking to mark the tragic loss of talented chef, Matt Campbell, and boost Matt’s fundraising page by an extra £5 per runner.

“All in all, it was a fantastic weekend that was only dampened on Monday when I heard about Matt, whilst on the train back to Sheffield. Doing the 3.7 extra miles and putting £5 each on his fundraising page is a great idea, and is surely one of the most positive uses of social media and the internet,” Jon concluded.

Jon’s target is now to keep the weight off and mull over whether to attempt a sub five-hour marathon, which was his target prior to Sunday’s record breaking temperatures.

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