Runner takes to the streets in memory of his great aunt

114380_MILLMAN_14/12/11''Matt Millman, (27) WCDI T-shirt winner for his 12mile run starting at St Mary's Church Fratton and across Portsea Island. He raised money for Cancer Research in memory of his great-auntie Betty Owen. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (114380-365)
114380_MILLMAN_14/12/11''Matt Millman, (27) WCDI T-shirt winner for his 12mile run starting at St Mary's Church Fratton and across Portsea Island. He raised money for Cancer Research in memory of his great-auntie Betty Owen. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (114380-365)
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Fundraiser Matt Millman is this week’s We Can Do It T-shirt winner after he ran 12 miles alone in memory of a loved one.

Matt, 27, from King Albert Street, Landport, pounded the streets of Portsmouth to raise cash for Cancer Research UK after his great auntie, Betty Owen, died from cancer last month at the age of 83.

Starting from St Mary’s Church, in Fratton Road, Fratton, Matt made his way through Somers Town, past Portsmouth Guildhall and along Southsea seafront to Eastney - clocking up 12 miles in the process.

At the end of his run, which happened last Thursday, Matt dived into a pizza restaurant as a reward.

Matt, who works for The Portsmouth Harbour Waterbus, said he felt he wanted to do a fundraiser because he’d been close to Betty, from Brixham, North Devon.

His running efforts saw him raise more than £100 for the cancer charity - and more cash continues to come in.

He said: ‘The weather wasn’t great for it, it was really windy. But I paced myself, took my time and kept focused.

‘I’m really pleased that I managed to finish the run, but it’s a real shame I didn’t get to do it whilst Betty was still alive.

‘It was good because my run was the talking point at a family reunion we had in Torbay.’