Running around Wales for worthy causes

Thursday 12th August 2021 7:52 am
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Matthew Ryan leaving Barmouth en-route to Porthmadog ()

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A MAN who has set himself the task of running all the way round Wales has reached the Llyn Peninsula.

Matthew 'Dykie' Ryan, who is running round Wales to raise money for charity, set off from Barry Island almost three weeks ago on 24 July.

He is now about halfway through the challenge and, having followed the route along the Wales Coast Path, he arrived in Porthmadog yesterday (Wednesday).

“I will be raising money for two charities that are very close to my heart,” said Matthew.

“The Ben Raemers Foundation does everything it can to try to prevent suicide, especially in the skateboarding community.

“I am raising money for Greenpeace for the great things they do.

“I am also supporting these two great companies: Awesome Wales, an independent zero waste shop in Barry, and Trees not Tees, a tree planting company which has a forest in Scotland and are encouraging race and event organisers to give participants the option of planting a tree instead of having a t-shirt.”

Matthew is running on his own, carrying a 7Kg rucksack. He camps out each night, or sofa surfs at friends and supporters’ homes on the way.

Look out for Matthew as he follows the coastal path around the Llyn Peninsula and back towards Bangor this week.

Today, Thursday, he arrives in Pwllheli.

Tomorrow he will make his way to Aberdaron and then, on Saturday, he will travel on to Nefyn.

He will arrive in Caernarfon on Sunday before moving on to Menai Bridge on Monday.

More information about the charities Matthew is supporting and how he plans to run all the way back to Barry Island at www.openthatdoor.co.uk/new-runningarounwales or follow him on Instagram @dykievision2

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