MasterChef contestants run final 3.7miles of tragic Matt Campbell's London Marathon as fundraising page hits £300k

The 29-year-old, who appeared on the cooking show, collapsed and died while running the London Marathon last week.

Fellow MasterChef contestants Jamie Park and Tom Peters were among those running the 3.7 miles today, which is the final distance from where Matt collapsed at the 22.5-mile mark.

Wellwishers across the country took part in the run this morning, sharing social media images with the #FinishforMatt hashtag.

The 29-year-old chef from the Lake District was taking part in his second marathon in just two weeks.

He was running in tribute to his beloved dad Martin, who passed away suddenly 18 months ago.

Despite completing the Manchester Marathon without any problems, the runner fell to the ground and died later in hospital on what was the hottest London Marathon on record.

Runners paying tribute included London Marathon staff, who tweeted earlier this week: "With the blessing of his family, we are calling on our followers to #FinishForMatt, and run 3.7 miles this week, in memory of Matt Campbell."

TV present Helen Skelton also completed the distance, posting a video of herself running with a link to Matt's fundraising page.

In the Lake District, hundreds of people were due to take part to honour his memory.

The Brathay Trust praised Mr Campbell earlier this week as a "unique inspiration, a positive person whose enthusiasm and love of life touched so many."


The statement added: "Matt and his family have been tireless in supporting the work of Brathay Trust and our thoughts and prayers are with them at this terrible time."

Mr Campbell was running for the charity, which aims to improve the life chances of children, young people and families, as well as for his dad Martin, who died in the summer of 2016.

The professional chef had honed his craft over the past decade and last year reached the Masterchef semi-final.

The JustGiving page Matt set up for the Brathay Trust has now raised more than £300,000 – over 12,000 per cent over its target – as donors rushed to donate after Matt's tragic death.


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