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Matthew Painter's 12 mile walk and run for FMA UK

Matthew Painter raised over £600 for FMA UK in a 12 miles sponsored run/walk in Swindon area. He walked for 5 hours to raise funds and awareness of fibromyalgia. Out of 5 hours, 3 hours and 31 minutes was walking. ‘’I decided to do the walk to raise money and awareness of fibromyalgia  because I've suffered with it myself for nearly 7 years. No one else in my family has it, but someone else, the wife of a friend, also suffers from it. I only found out when he told me

I trained for 8 weeks in the run up to the walk for two days a week, starting from a hour and a half of sustained walking and building up to three and a half hours - in my last bit of training I reached 8.2 miles walked. My girlfriend supported me by coming along on some of the training. On the day of the walk, my brother came along to support me in his car, and drove to certain points to check I was alright and supply me with bananas and drinks along the way.

The biggest problem I had to overcome was bad feet - plantar fasciitis! Luckily I was able to buy a new pair of trainers before the walk, and with my heel properly supported all the pain went away in time for the walk.’’

We would like to say well done to Matthew!



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