INSPIRATIONAL Matt Charters broke through the pain barrier to finish an incredible seven marathons in seven days.
The 39-year-old hit upon the idea of the gruelling challenge to mark his 40th year – and raise thousands of pounds for Creating Chaos in the process.
The organisation was set up by parents whose children attend Chaos Support, a day centre in Havant for people with learning disabilities.
There were jubilant scenes as Matt was joined on the last mile of a week of marathons by 30 of the young people he supports, including 18-year-old Jake Hill in his wheelchair.
His brother Joff, 35, and 38-year-old friend Liam Vint, joined him for the entire last marathon.
Scores of people were waiting for them in Leigh Road where a garden party was held to welcome them all back.
Matt, who started running in Plymouth, said ‘It made it extra special to have everyone with me at the end. It gave me the boost I needed.’
Matt has put up with painful blisters and can hardly straighten his legs because of wear and tear on his knees.
The toughest stretch was Wednesday when he spent 10 hours running from Weymouth to Bournemouth and almost ran out of energy.
But he said it was all worth it.
Kerry Whapshot, joint director of Chaos Support, said: ‘It’s absolutely amazing.
‘I’m in awe of what he has done. When he first told me that this was his birthday present to himself I thought he was mad.
‘But he has gone on to accomplish this huge achievement and inspired young people to take part in their own sponsored walk. It’s just wonderful.’
In total Matt ran 182 miles. He said: ‘I’m tired, I’m proud and I’m happy to see all the young people getting involved.
‘Some of them have walked and some of them have wheeled themselves all the way which is a real achievement.
‘Jake wheeled himself the whole way which for him is probably about as hard work as this has been for me.’
Jake said Matt was his inspiration.
So far £2,500 has been raised. It will go on equipment and activities for the young people.
It’s not too late to donate. Go to wearecreatingchaos.co.uk and follow the links.