A FATHER-of-three has returned home after completing a hat-trick of 90km marathons to raise money for good causes.


Matt Luff, from Barton, finished the ultra-marathon – the Comrades – for a third year in a row, this time raising nearly £1,000 for the Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust in South Africa.


The 33-year-old account director was awarded a Bill Rowan medal for completing the arduous run in a time of 8hr 32min.


In 2013, Mr Luff raised money for SSNAP, the charity which supports the special care baby unit at the John Radcliffe Hospital, completing the race in 10hr 43min.


Last year, he raised funds for a charity called WellFound, which provides clean water and sanitation for countries in West Africa, and finished the ultra-marathon in 10hr 38min 27secs.


This year he smashed the time having run more than 1,600km in training.


He said: “I first got into running a few years ago, part of a bit of a lifestyle change from overeating and drinking in my younger days.


“When I did the marathon the first time I saw around the course that people were in need, and wanted to raise funds but didn’t really know how.


“But I heard a speech in January and realised that I’ve gained so much from the region where the race takes place, but was unaware of the scale of challenges that exist on the doorstep, including HIV and Aids.” 


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Source: Witney Gazette