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Matt from Deal completed the London Marathon despite his cracked ribs

13 April 2014
by Eleanor Perkins

Matt Mackay was one of many runners from Deal who completed a 26.2 mile mission on Sunday.

However Matt had the extra challenge of running the London Marathon with cracked and bruised ribs.

Matt said: “I recently cracked my ribs playing rugby for Deal and Betteshanger 2nd team, so it’s going to be a challenge.”

“It’s typical me, it’s the kind of thing I do.”

Matt, 29, who is a Royal Engineer in the British Army and his sister Alison Mackay, 28, a veterinary nurse in Deal, took part in aid of cystic fibrosis.

Matt said: “We have two cousins who have got cystic fibrosis, one was diagnosed at birth and one a couple of years after. They’re 19 and 17 now.”

Siblings Alison Mackay, 28 and Matt Mackay, 29, will be running the London Marathon today

Siblings Alison Mackay, 28 and Matt Mackay, 29, will be running the London Marathon today

Matt was unsuccessful in getting a ballot place, but was put on the reserve list to run for his charity.

He was called only two months ago to hear the news he had a place, but for five weeks of that time he has been unable to train.

Matt posted on Facebook: "I never dreamt we would reach £2,000, but to now have hit over £2500 has made every yard of pain worth it.

"Thank you so so much, I can't tell you what this means to me and Alison."

London’s marathon is the largest annual fundraising event in the world.

This year, a record 170,150 people applied to run, only 50,200 were accepted.


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