City pub shows it support for #finishformatt campaign

Staff at a Peterborough city centre pub are to 'finish' the London Marathon in honour of MasterChef contestant Matt Campbell who collapsed and died 3.7 miles short of the finish on Sunday.

Thursday, 26th April 2018, 5:16 pm
Updated Thursday, 26th April 2018, 5:51 pm
The Queen's Head

Tom Bellis, general manager of The Queen’s Head in Queen Street, whose dad is a keen runner who took part in marathon on Sunday, has arranged a run, starting at the pub this Saturday, in support of the #MilesForMatt and #FinishForMatt social media campaigns, where people have pledged to complete the final 3.7 miles of the marathon Matt was unable to.

Tom has worked out an off-road 3.7 mile course for the “social” run - from outside the pub up to, and around, Peterborough Rowing Lake - and anyone who wants to join him or show some support should meet at 10am outside the pub and make a £3.70 donation.

“My dad ran on Sunday for the 24th time but when I saw the weather forecast, amd how warm it was, I was a little concerned for him and all the runners. Thankfully he got home safe but for a 29-year-old man to die is awful.

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Tom Bellis, from The Queen's Head in Queen Street, Peterborough

“We have arranged this at short notice. but I have got runners coming down from a running club in Bourne and someone is making cakes. Hopefully lots of people will show their support and put some money in a collection bucket or donate online to the Just Giving page.”

The MasterChef semi-finalist Matt was running in the London Marathon to raise money for the Brathay Trust, a charity based in Cumbria where he lived.

Thousands of people across the country have signed up to a “Finish for Matt” Facebook page, pledging to run the miles he was unable to and more than £170,000 has already been pledged by wellwishers.

You can donate at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mattcampbell-londonmarathon

Tom Bellis, from The Queen's Head in Queen Street, Peterborough