Matt’s marathon

matt southam from hailsham who ran brighton marathon
matt southam from hailsham who ran brighton marathon

Matt Southam – personal trainer at Hailsham Leisure Centre – has set himself a gruelling challenge to run 26.2 marathons in one year to raise funds and awareness for CLIC Sargent, the children’s cancer charity.

Matt, 25, from Hailsham, decided to take on the challenge and raise money for the cause after several of his friends were diagnosed with the disease and helped by CLIC Sargent. So far he has completed seven marathon distances including the London Marathon and the Brighton Marathon. He also ran 26.2 miles on a treadmill at Hailsham Leisure Centre in May and participated in the Cotswold Way Ultra Race earlier this month, in which he ran four marathons in four days. He aims to finish the challenge by April 2014 and has three races planned for next month.

Matt said, “I’m looking forward to raising as much money as possible for CLIC Sargent to help support their invaluable work.

“So far I’ve raised just over £700 in sponsorship, which is amazing, but I hope to raise a good few hundred more. It’s a truly worthwhile cause and every pound I raise will really help so please donate!”

Matt is a keen and regular runner but in the last six months had to significantly increase his training regime to prepare for the challenge. He used the gym at Hailsham Leisure Centre to complete interval training and strength training sessions to boost his fitness and stamina and increased the frequency of his training runs.

You can keep up to date with Matt’s training and races at and For further information or to make a donation, visit