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Paul Matarazzo

LondonMarathon2019 - The DOOR

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]Hello people.[/p][p]It would be great if you could sponsor my running the 26 mile London Marathon 2019! On Sunday 28th April, I am going to be running the London Marathon and raising money for [url=https://www.thedoor.org.uk/][b]The Door Youth Project[/b][/url]. Not quite sure how this happened![/p][p]With less than two weeks to go it’s starting to feel very real !! The physical training is pretty much done and now it’s a mental thing to stay calm and focussed![/p][p]I took up running last year for my own fitness and goals and I ran the Stroud Trail Half Marathon for The Door in May – being able to use my efforts to get fit to benefit others too was a real privilege.[/p][p]Living in Stroud, I was always aware of the great work The Door do, mentoring especially is something very close to my heart. I feel very blessed to be where I am now, and I know that bad times and struggles can hit anyone even when they least expect it.[/p][p]Since May I have joined [url=https://www.stroudac.co.uk/][b]Stroud District Athletics Club[/b][/url] (SDAC), and running has become a major and important part of my life. It is so good for my body (I have lost 4 stone since I started!), and my mind and spirit – I’m finding running really helpful in dealing with the stresses and issues that life throws at me.[/p][p]I love my group in SDAC, and have performed in a few more events since that May, including a 10k, 10 mile trail, and most recently the Stroud Half Marathon in September, which I managed in 1 hour 43![/p][p]I had in no way planned to run a full marathon, but when I was given the chance by The Door, I just couldn’t turn it down. It’s such an amazing opportunity.[/p][p][b]The Charity[/b][/p][p]The Door's mission is to bring hope into the lives of young people and their families, through unlocking potential and opening opportunity so their past does not define their future. They actually show God's love in action in a practical way which I think is bang on and I really hope that people will get behind me to support this amazing charity and all it’s hard work. They make a real positive change in people’s lives every day.[/p][p]Motivated by the values of hope, forgiveness and prayer The Door delivers its services at the heart of local communities, seeking to engage stakeholders from the bottom up. We have in-depth knowledge of the local area and its people, we tackle the root causes leading to enduring results and are prepared to deal with complex issues that other agencies shy away from.[/p][p]The Door travels with people for the long term – walking alongside them, carrying the burden and never giving up.[/p][p]Every pound counts and I am aiming to raise £1500 which the team tells me would be enough to pay for 150 vulnerable young people or parents to take their first steps on their journey to being supported in their time of need.[/p][p][b]2 weeks to go![/b][/p][p]Preparations have been going well having recently completed my third month of training pretty much to plan, running around 30-40 miles a week. 2 weeks into my 4th month and the end is in sight![/p][p]My speed and strength training is also going well and my weekend long runs getting longer![/p][p]I have a swim day on Wednesdays, this is becoming easier too as I'm learning to breathe more efficiently and i think is helping my fitness.[/p][p][b]Highlights this month:[/b][/p][p]Hitting 22 miles as my longest run ever and living to tell the tale![/p][p]Tapering – bringing down the mileage as the big day looms[/p][p]Still feeling good, injury and pain free[/p][p]Oh, you can check my training out and progress or link in with me on [url=https://www.strava.com/athletes/paulmatz][b]Strava[/b][/url][/p][p]Also, if you are really bored, you can track me (by name or race number – [b]55953[/b]). There will be a live tracking page from 7am on Race Day on the Virgin London Marathon website. [/p][p][b]My Goal[/b][/p][p]I am aiming to finish under 4 hours; that's my current goal. I would be over the moon with 03:45. I also would appreciate being able to walk afterwards 😉 [/p][p][br][/p][p]Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me and donations will be quickly processed and passed to charities. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this.[/p][p]I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.[/p][p]Cheers,[/p][p]Paul[/p]
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Apr 20, 2019


£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 16, 2019


Good Luck Paul

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 15, 2019


Go get 'em, mate!


Apr 9, 2019

Colin and Karen

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 7, 2019

The Regels

Run Paul Run! Well done for taking on the challenge for an excellent charity! Love from us all x

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 6, 2019

Steve and Cathy

Well done Paul, hope you 'enjoy' the experience!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Apr 5, 2019

Tom and Emma Howard

Great effort Paul. You are looking super lean. Hope it goes well and would be good to see you guys sometime. Best wishes

£75.00 plus £18.75 Gift Aid

Apr 5, 2019


Go for it Paolo! :)

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Apr 4, 2019

Nick and Heather

Good luck Bro. You will smash it!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 2, 2019


Keep on running!