MARATHON man Adam Mathias is celebrating this week after completing the Madrid Marathon for Stars Children’s Bereavement Charity – and raising nearly £1,000 in the process.

Adam Mathias, 28, was watched by his mother and brother, and completed the run in 4 hours 39 minutes.

The PhD graduate, who lives in Tooting, had been determined to take on the Spanish running event on behalf of Stars, after his own family being affected by grief.

His father sadly took his own life two years ago, leaving Adam and his younger siblings.

While Adam’s final total is yet to be collected and calculated, it currently stands at £941.25 (with GiftAid).

Speaking after the race, Adam said: “It was a great – albeit exhausting – experience!

“It was my first time in Madrid and so it was a great opportunity to take in a lot of the city’s sights along the way.

“My mum and brother managed to cheer me on at various points, apparently interspersed with a few tapas stops as well, which really boosted morale — especially in those later stages.

“Luckily the weather was sunny but not too hot, and I managed to complete it in a time I’m pleased with.”

He added: “I’m delighted to have been able to do this as a fundraising effort for Stars.

“The work the charity does in the Cambridgeshire area is really quite incredible, and as someone who knows what it’s like to lose a parent, and to have even younger siblings go through all those emotions, I really appreciate how vital it is that children have a place to turn.”

Stars Executive Director Dr Stephen Davies thanked Adam for his commitment to the cause.

He said: “Huge congratulations to Adam on his achievement. We are extremely grateful that he chose to compete in the event on our behalf.”

You can find a link to his fundraising page at

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