Matthew runs miles and miles for charity

Matthew will begin his challenge on August 1 with a one-mile run
Matthew will begin his challenge on August 1 with a one-mile run

While his friends are looking forward to August beach and pool holidays, Matthew Milne will be running miles – all 496 of them – as he undertakes a challenge to raise funds for a north east charity.

The keen athlete had pledged to run corresponding miles every day in August to match the date – starting with one mile on August 1 and working up through the calendar to running 31 miles on the final day of the month.

The graduate remote electronics engineer with Kintore-based pipeline technology specialist, STATS Group, is no stranger to mathematical challenges and if successful he will run 496 miles in August - or the equivalent of almost 19 marathons.

His employer has donated £250 to start his fundraising push and all monies raised will go to Oldmeldrum-based charity Kayleigh’s Wee Stars, which provides support to families who have a child dealing with a terminal illness.

Matthew, 23, is a member of Metro Aberdeen running club and has completed two marathons in recent years but this will be his toughest challenge yet, with the equivalent of more than six marathons to be completed in the final week of August.

He said: “I took up running when I was 17 and enjoy competing in events but this will be a completely different test to anything I have done before.

“The total distance to be run over the month is 496 miles but if I have the stamina I will round it up to a nice 500.

“I got to know of the work of Kayleigh’s Wee Stars through a fellow runner and it’s an excellent local charity which does a lot of great work. I set out to raise £750 and with the generous support of STATS and friends and family I have exceeded the target, but more is always welcome,” he added.

Anyone wishing to make a donation can visit Matthew’s Just Giving page or Facebook page

STATS Group is headquartered in Kintore and provides specialist engineering services for the maintenance, integrity and repair of oil, gas a petrochemical installations and infrastructure.

The group also has operations in Edmonton and Calgary in Canada, Houston in the USA, Abu Dhabi and Qatar in the Middle East and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.