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Armour man Matthew in Poppy Appeal fund-raiser

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 07, 2014

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PEOPLE in Burton and South Derbyshire may soon receive a shock as a man dressed as a medieval knight prepares to race across the area to raise funds for a good cause.

Matthew Elliott has thrown off tradition running shoes and an iPod and is replacing them with an 80lbs suit of armour.

The 23-year-old is set to run 10km in the suit from Rosliston Forestry Centre to the National Memorial Arboretum.

Mr Elliott, a member of the Repton branch of the Royal British Legion and a keen War of the Roses re-enactor, spoke to the Mail about his ambitious fund-raising scheme.

He said: “‘Last year I was wondering what I could do to raise a bit of money for the Poppy Appeal.

“I came up with the daft idea that as I enjoy running, a 10km run for charity isn’t really that much of an achievement.

“So how could I make it hard?

“Well I do War of the Roses Re-enactment so have a lot of armour at home - Why not combine the two.”

Mr Elliott will be making people think that have stepped back in time as he races past them dressed as a medieval knight on Saturday, August 2.

Christine Selden, community fund-raiser for Derbyshire branch of the Royal British Legion, backed Mr Elliott’s efforts.

She said ‘This is a brilliant idea.

“I’ve had someone walk 6 miles in a bomb disposal suit for us before but never someone running in a full suit of medieval armour.

“The imagination of our fantastic fun- raisers always surprises me.

“I think Matthew is very brave to take on the challenge and I only hope the weather is fine but not too hot as it will get very warm in the suit.”

To sponsor Mr Elliott, people are being urged to head onlint to www.justgiving.com/RuntotheWall/

Friends and family have so far raised a total of £50 towards Mr Elliott’s mammoth effort.

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