What are the challenges?

I will be running the Great North Run on Sunday 11 September 2022 and the London Marathon on Sunday 2 October 2022 and my aim is to raise £1000 in support of the Walton Centre Charity.

Why the Walton Centre Charity?

I have chosen the Walton Centre Charity because since 2019 I have been a patient under their incredible care.

As some of you may already know following my fundraising round for the London Landmarks Half Marathon earlier this year, in 2019 I was diagnosed with a brain tumour. This was something quite difficult to take on at first, and it was quite a dark period especially with personal career milestones being reached around the time of the diagnosis.

Fortunately, after investigations by the hospital, it became clear that the type of tumour I have is benign which means that it has very little impact on my life. I have the blessing of being able to live my life as fast and as full as I like, but not everyone can do the same.

I want to give something back to a hospital that has supported me so much through my journey and to enable them to carry on their great work and help those who are less fortunate than me.

What is the Walton Centre?

The Walton Centre in Liverpool is the only specialist hospital trust in the UK that offers a world class neuroscience service which includes many pioneering techniques, cutting edge treatments and clinicians who are international leaders in their field. They are dedicated to providing comprehensive neurology, neurosurgery, spinal and pain management services. Over 100,000 patients are treated at the hospital each year with conditions ranging from head and spinal trauma injuries, brain and spine tumours, Epilepsy, MS, Motor Neurone Disease and Parkinson.

The Charity funds a variety of projects in the hospital including research, innovation, new technology and patient & family facilities.

Advice welcome!

Thank you for taking the time to read this and in advance for your support, whether by way of a small donation or a piece of advice on how to survive 42km, it will be much appreciated!

If you choose to donate anonymously, please do let me know so that I can say thank you.

Many thanks,


Matt Montgomery