Matt will run the streets of London to safeguard the UK’s outdoor spaces

Wednesday, 24th February 2016 3:52 pm

Playdale’s CNC and CGL Assemblies Team Leader Matt McGinley, is running this year’s London Marathon on Sunday 24th April, in aid of the fantastic charity Fields in Trust (FIT). This will be Matt’s first ever marathon event, he is training hard and very much looking forward to it.

Fields in Trust (FIT) were founded in 1925 as the National Playing Fields Association by King George V. Their mission is the same now and as it was then; to ensure that everyone – young or old, whatever their ability and wherever they live – should have access to free, local outdoor space for sport, play and recreation. These spaces are vital to building happy and healthy communities and sadly they continue to be threatened by all kinds of development. FIT are a national charity and operate throughout the UK to safeguard recreational spaces and campaign for better statutory protection for all kinds of outdoor sites.

Matt started his training at the end of December and is now working through a rigorous and strict training schedule. Matt has worked at Playdale for 15 years and is married with two young children, so trying to fit his training into his already busy work and family life hasn’t been easy! However it must be in the genes as his Mum has also run the London marathon, along with many other tough challenges including an Iron Man triathlon!

Training schedules need to be stuck to, whatever the weather and Matt has certainly experienced some ‘challenging’ Cumbrian winter weather these last few weeks! IMG-20160213-WA0006However when the sun has shone, the views have been breathtakingly beautiful which always spur him on.


A fantastic boost to his training came in the form of a training day at Twickenham with England Rugby staff on Saturday 6th February, organised by FIT. All the Fields in Trust marathon runners attended this event. They were given top tips on nutrition from England Rugby Nutritionist Matt Lovell, a workshop on injury prevention run by England Rugby’s Head Physiotherapist Barney Kenny and a training session out on the famous pitch.

Members of the Royal Army PT Corps put all participants through their paces at one point in the day, with ten laps of the pitch. The focus was very much on pace and planning. Matt thoroughly enjoyed the day and felt like he’d been given a lot of invaluable advice, guidance and expertise.



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Matt’s ongoing training schedule includes include short runs, hills, sprints, intervals and one long run every week. He has just completed his longest run to date; fifteen and a half miles which he managed through the wind and torrential rain! A twenty mile marathon preparation race in Morecambe has been booked in for March. Matt has set his own personal goal of wanting to complete the London Marathon in under four hours.

Helen Griffiths, Fields in Trust Chief Executive said of Matt’s marathon challenge,

“Our work – protecting parks and playing fields – would simply not be possible without our generous supporters. On behalf of Fields in Trust and all the communities that benefit from our work Thank you Playdale and Matt for your support. Thank You!”

Matt needs to raise £1500 and is working hard to do achieve this. Any donations you are able to give would be very gratefully received!

If you would like to find out more about the work of Fields in Trust, the FIT London Marathon team or to make a kind donation then please take a look at Matt’s fundraising page.

We wish Matt the very best of luck with his marathon challenge and all his training.

You will be able to follow Matt’s progress on our website or on our Facebook and Twitter pages.