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Gregory Aldridge

2018 London Marathon

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My story

[p] After 10 years of uncontrolled seizures (age 4 - 14), emergency medications, hospital visits in status[/p][p] & challenging behaviour, Greg has experienced 7 years free of major seizures and the last 2 years completely seizure free.[/p][p] The turning point for Greg and all his family was at the age of 8, joining the trial for ketogenic diet with Professor Helen Cross, Prince of Wales Chair of Childhood Epilepsy & Liz Neal PHD Ketogenic dietitian at GOSH. [/p][p] Greg was on a ketogenic diet for 5 years. He is still very aware of what he eats and is careful to moderate his intake of refined carbohydrate. He loves to be fit. The PE coaches at Young Epilepsy Scott, Oli & Alex, when Greg was in school were great role models & encouraged him in every activity he did. [/p][p] Golf coach Geoff of Kent & Surrey golf club puts Greg through rigorous training & being part of the pan disability football team at Chelsea is his other passion, both have been & still do play so much a part in building his strength, confidence & social skills![/p][p] Despite, or maybe because of his autism (sport being his passion) Greg decided that he wanted to run the London marathon! [/p][p] He is running for Matthews Friend's. This is why![/p][p][b] 'Matthews’s Friends has played such a big part in changing my life. I would like to use my strength to contribute in helping others to turn their lives around like I have' [/b][/p][p] Much as the training download from the internet was better than nothing, the fact that I do not have any sport bones in my body & Rich (Dad) despite running the marathon a few years ago, well, he knows nothing ??, left Greg on Superman mode! Watch out Mo! (That's Farah, not our keto Mo! )??[/p][p] We are so relieved & grateful to Mark Wren a local trainer for coming forward, not only inviting us into his home to go through Greg's training plan, give us expert advise & tips, but also welcoming Greg at his weekly running club for training![/p][p] [/p][p] We have had a few challenges[/p][p] Tweaking the running plan, CHANGE IT?! [/p][p] Tracking Greg, when the internet cuts out, cue frantic calls to Rich at work for back up tracking![/p][p] Eating & running a long distance, a sharp learning curve! Now though I can say, hmmm I think Mark mentioned about snacks and eating pre long runs............ great back up![/p][p] [/p][p] Last week Greg ran 18 miles fast & confident (until the visit to the great white telephone) ??[/p][p] He will do this marathon![/p][p] [/p][p] Thank you so much to everyone for all your support! It is so very much appreciated, magic! ??[/p]

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May 18, 2018

Vanessa Appleyard

Well done. An amazing achievement for a fantastic cause.

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

May 2, 2018

Paula Yates

Huge congratulations Greg! Amazing effort. Harry’s got a lot to live up to now !

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

May 1, 2018


Well done Greg - what an amazing achievement - Matthews friends is a fantastic charity currently helping my daughter. Well done, the Cockles xx

£40.00 plus £10.00 Gift Aid

Apr 29, 2018


Well done Gregory!


Apr 26, 2018


Well done Greg. A fantastic effort. Keep up with all the sport. One day we will go and see Man U play Norwich again. Paul Plane and Family

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Apr 26, 2018

Steve Ladle

Congratulations to Greg and the family. You certainly picked a day to run your first marathon.

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 25, 2018

Jack and family

Fantastic, well done Greg.

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Apr 24, 2018

Liz Chris Alice Lily and pip

Well done Greg .

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 24, 2018

Allison Watson

Well done Greg this is truly amazing-as are all at Matthews Friends!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Apr 24, 2018


Well done Greg xx