Two fundraisers to tackle multiple marathon challenges for charity

Dorset Echo: BEST FEET FORWARD: Rob Love and Matt Bacon, right BEST FEET FORWARD: Rob Love and Matt Bacon, right

A PAIR of super fit fundraisers will take on three triathlons and seven marathons this year for good causes.

Rob Love, 48, and Matt Bacon, 36, are both raising funds for local charity Hangers Heroes, which donates funds to worthy causes in the area.

Rob, who lives in Weymouth with his wife and three children, said: “This year I’ve decided to up my game and do a series of challenges.”

He is now set to take on seven marathons over the next few months.

While Portland resident Matt, who lives with his wife and two children, is also getting super active for the same cause and is taking on three triathlons, which includes Challenge Weymouth in September.

Rob said: “My training involves getting up around 3am some mornings on the weekend to run 20-26 miles, before starting the rest of the day with my family.”

Events he has entered include the Jurassic Coast Challenge, a three-day event consisting of three marathons from Charmouth to Studland on March 21, 22, 23.

This will be followed by The Oner, which is the same route, 78.6 miles, but over 24 hours.

The next will be the Giant’s Head Marathon on June 28, The Dorset Doddle on the August 17, 32 miles from Weymouth to Swanage, and the Purbeck Marathon on September 14.

The Ultra Electronics employee will take then take on Heroes Challenge 2014 on September 13, which is the Hangers Heroes challenge.

He added: “I believe people should give to Hangers Heroes, as the heroes in question are the small charities and organisations including Dorset Search and Rescue, The Front Skate Park, Stella Hayward Riding for the disabled, Westfield Arts College and more.”

Matt, who works for Sunseeker, got into triathlon events through local company BustinSkin.

He said: “Since then I have carried on competing in all sizes of triathlon.

“I know what a difference Hangers Heroes make to our local community.”

The two other main events Matt has entered this year include the London Marathon and the Outlaw Iron Distance Triathlon. Hangers Heroes is supporting him to raise money for Portland Youth FC, Portland Boxing Club and Osprey Leisure Centre.

He said: “Raising money for children’s sports and providing them with better equipment and facilities is so important, it is providing our children with a thirst for sport and a positive outlet, to have fun and make new friends.”

To donate visit: virginmoneygiving.com/RobLove or virginmoneygiving.com/mattbacon1

NINA Hanger, vice president of Hangers Heroes, said: “Hangers Heroes greatly appreciate Rob Love’s and Matt Bacon’s support and wish them every success with their challenges and fundraising.

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