Matthew’s Marathon Challenge Raises over £2k for Dogs Trust

Matthew McMahon from Lurgan has raised over £2,000 for Dogs Trust by completing the Belfast Marathon. 

A passion for dogs inspired Matthew, aged 26, to take on his first marathon to raise money for his favourite charity. 

Matthew said:

“I’m proud of what I’ve achieved and want to say thank you to everyone who donated for their support. Prior to running the marathon I’d never run for longer than 30 minutes so I did find it quite a challenge. I was completely out of my comfort zone but I trained for months before the event and in the end enjoyed the experience. 

“I have always loved dogs having grown up with them as part of the family.  My partner and I got a Staffordshire Bull Terrier pup in January called Bear. When we took Bear home we realised something wasn’t right and he was diagnosed with Swimmers Syndrome. It was a worrying time but after treatment and physio he is much better.  As a dog owner I really appreciate the important work of Dogs Trust caring for so many dogs that don’t have a home and after visiting the Ballymena Rehoming Centre I was very impressed with the facilities.  I hope my donation will make a difference and help Dogs Trust continue their fantastic work.” 

Russell Benson, Dogs Trust Community Fundraising Team Manager said:

“We are so grateful to Matthew for his amazing efforts running his first Marathon in three hours and 54 minutes raising £2,164.  Every penny will help us ensure we can continue to give dogs in our care everything they need until they find their forever homes.” 

You can still donate in support of Matthew’s challenge here:

Anyone interested in fundraising for Dogs Trust can visit our website or email us at: [email protected]