Sociology Lecturer Blake Matthews completes double-marathon for charity

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Sociology Lecturer Blake Matthews completed the London and Madrid marathons for charity in AprilA Lecturer at Seevic College has completed two marathons in two weeks to raise over £1,000 for charity.

Blake Matthews, 28, who teaches A-Level Sociology at the College, successfully completed the London Marathon on Sunday 13 April.

And, just 14 days later after running his first ever marathon in the capital, Blake flew to Spain to complete the Madrid Marathon on Sunday 27 April.

He said: “Booking two marathons was actually an accident – I booked both, thinking I would never be accepted, and ended up being offered a place for each!

“The Madrid marathon was much harder due to the extra heat and the hilly nature of the city, but I stuck to my plan and still managed a sprint finish.”

Blake trained for his double-marathon by running to and from his home in Westcliff-on-Sea and Seevic College each day.

After completing the Madrid marathon Blake arrived back in England at 11pm on Sunday evening and was back infront of his class at Seevic on Monday morning. 

He adds: “I had a lot of support from students and staff at Seevic. A lot of my students who saw me running in to college each day probably thought I was crazy, but it’s been worth all the hard effort.”

So far Blake has raised over £1,000 for the St Helena Hospice in Colchester. As a token of his appreciation, Blake hand-delivered a personalised card of thanks to each member of staff and student at the College who sponsored him.

Blake's sponsorship page is still open. To donate visit

Blake completed the London Marathon in 4 hours and 14 minutes and the Madrid marathon in 4 hours and 33 minutes. He now plans to run the Amsterdam Marathon in October.

Seevic College offers the widest range of A-Levels in South Essex.

In 2012-13 A-Levels students at the College achieved a 100% pass rate on 30 A-Level courses and were awarded more High Grades than ever before.

In addition, 83% of UCAS applicants were offered a place at their first choice university - 10% higher than the national average.

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