Matt Richardson | 7 marathons in 7 days | Race diaries 

A friend of OnVenture, Matt Richardson, will be taking on a massive endurance challenge starting on Saturday, 22nd July.

Matt will attempt to complete 7 marathons in 7 days at The Great Barrow Challenge. He is taking on the incredible feat to raise money and awareness for a fantastic charity called WAY Widowed and Young.

Matt will be sharing a daily blog with OnVenture following each of his marathons, giving great insight into endurance events, race preparation and recovery.

Day 7: Friday 28th July 2023 – FINAL DAY!!
Start time: 9.00am 
Route: Golding Hills –  10km x4.


Matt’s Last Diary Entry:

The last one in the challenge, however making sure that I am not being complacent. I stuck to my trusted recovery yesterday afternoon and pre-run plan this morning.

I have done this course before, and it is very hilly with loads of ups and downs. The weather was looking good, though, and it was overcast with a good breeze, nothing compared to yesterday’s heat.


My family had come out to support me and cheer me home with various flags and homemade signs.

Although it was a tough course, I really enjoyed the last one and even managed to run an extra mile (which I am not counting as an ultra).

I received a great reception from my family at the finish as well as the Zig Zag Running team and volunteers who have put on such a fantastic event—a great way to end the challenge.


Looking back, I had a great week, it was tough, but I achieved a personal goal of multiple-day marathons. However, this means nothing compared to being able to raise over £1700 for WAY and being able to support my sister-in-law Nicky and niece Hope.

It is amazing how generous people can be, and I have been blown away by everyone’s generosity.

Nothing more from me other than what I said in my first video at the start of the challenge, and all the support I have had.

I am proud to be part of Clax’s legacy. If he were here, he would happily have come to support me with a can of fosters.

Until next time

Matt- Forever Blue

Matt is completing his 7-in-7 in aid of Widowed And Young (WAY) a fantastic charity and one that is extremely close to his and his family’s heart, so if you can spare a few pounds, please donate to Matt’s Justgiving page. We know that Matt is extremely grateful of all of your kind donations, and it will drive him forward on each of his 295,000 odd strides he takes during his 7 marathons.