A dad-of-two from Manchester someway ran a marathon accidentally after making a ‘silly mistake’.
38-year-old Mat Wheelhouse staggered to the end line on the Manchester Metropolis Centre on Sunday morning having accomplished the 42.1km (26.2 mile) course in an unbelievable 4 hours and 47 minutes.
“Everybody has stated that is probably the most Wheelhouse factor you could possibly do. I’m all the time doing silly issues,” he joked.
Mat is fortunately a eager runner after getting hooked throughout lockdown, and truly signed up for the Manchester half marathon to boost cash for the Christie Hospital in reminiscence of his late father, studies the Manchester Evening News.
Each of the races happened on Sunday, however Mat missed the half marathon by hours and had discovered himself in a queue stuffed with runners getting ready for the complete marathon.
“I simply assumed they began across the similar time so I did not actually suppose any extra of it,” he stated, explaining he’d regarded on the incorrect information supplied by the organisers.
“I assumed one thing did not appear fairly proper.
“Then I began seeing streams of individuals coming in who had simply completed the half marathon.”
Regardless of coaching largely 5km (3.1 mile) and 10km (6.2 mile) distances, with the furthest distance he’d accomplished being 17km (10.5 mile), Mat did not need to let those who sponsored him down.
A volunteer allowed him to improve to the complete marathon and he bravely agreed.
He stated: “I used to be so embarrassed as a result of a lot of folks had sponsored me and I didn’t need to allow them to down.
“The girl stated she may attempt to change my quantity and let me run within the marathon after which simply dip out midway by means of.
“However I wished to verify I received the medal and I assumed if I don’t end I will not get it, so I simply determined to hold on operating.”
Mat ran your complete marathon on his personal, while his unassuming spouse was working and his two daughters had been at residence, and with out music for the second half after his Air Pods ran out of cost.
He continued: “It was very painful in the direction of the top. I feel the final 5 miles had been extremely onerous.
“The general public had been wonderful although. I’ve by no means seen that quantity of individuals out on the streets.
“I bear in mind at one level bending over to catch my breath and I should have been patted on the again about 20 instances. The comradery was wonderful.”
When Mat received residence he was welcomed by a banner made by his proud daughter.
“I feel I’d attempt to do a marathon once more subsequent yr however understanding me I’ll most likely find yourself signing as much as the incorrect factor and doing a triathlon or one thing,” he joked.
You possibly can donate to Mat’s fundraising web page right here.
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