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Paul Matarazzo

LondonMarathon2019 - The DOOR

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My story

[p]Hi, thanks for visiting my page. It would be great if you could sponsor my running the 26 mile London Marathon 2019! No amount too small![/p][p][b]About me[/b][/p][p]I've just recently turned 45 and started running 'properly' (3 times a week) back in October 2017. Since then I performed in my 1st ever race which was the Stroud Trail Half Marathon back in May 2018. I thoroughly enjoyed that event and was really glad to see I finished it and hadn't died! I ran for the local Stroud Charity 'The Door' back then also, and raised a few pennies for them.[/p][p]Since that event I joined Stroud District Athletics Club, and running has become a major and important part of my life. It is so good for my body (I have lost 3.5 stone since October 2017, and am in the best shape I think I have ever been in!), and my mind - really helpful in dealing with 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 recently the Stroud Half Marathon in September, which I was really pleased with my performance on, getting through it in 1 hour 43![/p][p]I had in no way planned to run a full marathon, but I was given the opportunity through the Door Charity, and could not turn down such an opportunity so I am committed to it now, and the training has begun!! [/p][p]Oh, you can check my training out and progress or link in with me on Strava [url=https://www.strava.com/athletes/34587375]here[/url] :-)[/p][p][b]My Goal[/b][/p][p]I am aiming to finish under 4 hours; that's my current goal. [/p][p][br][/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.[/p][p]Motivated by the Christian 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][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]
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