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27 May 2017

Matt Griffiths is Running an Amazing Ultra 149 Mile Run for MDS UK!

When is this event:

Date: 27/05/2017


42A Gas St
Birmingham, B1 2JT
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Grand Union Canal 145 mile Race

This event is a non-stop, 145 mile foot race that follows the Grand Union Canal from Birmingham to London.

I have a few long races under my belt, including 24 marathons and 10 Ultra Marathons but this will be the longest run I have ever attempted in one go!

Matt Griffiths say in his Virgin Money Giving page

I’m confident though – confident in my training and in the resolve I have to complete this.

I would also like to use this challenge to help others and I have chosen to raise money for a little known charity – MDS Patient Support based at Kings College Hospital in London.

So what is MDS and what does the charity do?

I didn’t know the answers to these questions until I began running with my local running group in Twickenham London .

The Bearcat Running Club is actively involved in raising awareness (and funds!) to support those with MDS. The charity is at the very heart of our club and some of the runners there have personal experience of MDS.

MDS stands for ‘Myelodysplastic Syndrome’ and is a group of diverse bone marrow disorders in which the bone marrow does not produce enough healthy blood cells. MDS is often referred to as a ‘bone marrow failure disorder.’

How do you know if you have MDS? MDS is diagnosed by numerous blood tests and bone marrow biopsies.

MDS can only be cured by transplant. MDS is often referred to as pre-leukemia, MDS can progress to acute myeloid leukemia (AML).

MDS Patient support is a charity that informs, helps and supports those affected by MDS.

More information on MDS and the work of the charity can be found here:


So please help me to support this worthy cause and I promise in return I will train hard, keep you all updated with my progress and finish this race in one piece.


We are immensely grateful to Matt for thinking of us, and full of admiration for his determination and stamina.

For us, as a small charity, it is a dream to get a place at this incredible race.


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