Burnley man runs London Marathon for Pendleside Hospice

Matthew Pearce, who ran the London Marathon for Pendleside Hospice in memory of his father Robert Pearce, and his mother Shirley Wilson (s)

Matthew Pearce, who ran the London Marathon for Pendleside Hospice in memory of his father Robert Pearce, and his mother Shirley Wilson (s)

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A BURNLEY man ran his first London Marathon to raise funds for Pendleside Hospice in memory of his father.

Mr Matthew Pearce (37), who now lives in Troon on the West coast of Scotland, took part in the 26-mile event to pay tribute to his dad Robert, who was a keen marathon runner.

Father and son had planned to run the London Marathon together but Robert died at the hospice before their dream could become reality.

Instead Matt decided to go it alone. He has raised £645 for the hospice and more cash for the RNLI.

He completed the course in four hours 15 minutes and took along his dad’s medal for good luck.

“The marathon itself was absolutely brilliant,” he said. “It was really well organised and the crowds just keep you going.

“If it wasn’t for the crowds, everybody’s time would be a lot more.”

Keen to keep up the family tradition, Matt, who was watched by his mum Shirley Wilson, who has applied to take part next year.