These three friends are completing a marathon, passing every Greggs store in Newcastle

The boys running round every Greggs in Newcastle

Today, three students, all aged 19 from Newcastle are running a marathon, passing all 29 Greggs stores in Newcastle to raise money for charity.

Friends Matthew Clark, Matthew Hutton and Matthew Bradbury all share a love of the highstreet bakery chain, and thought up the plan as a way of commemorating their passion, yet this soon became more of a marathon than a sprint.

Bradbury told the Chronicle Live: “It started off as a laugh just because we go to Greggs quite often. I’ve probably eaten my body weight in stotties and who knows how many sausage rolls we have had over the years.

Three students are running round every Greggs in Newcastle

“Last year I went to Beijing for my gap year and the first thing I did when I came back was go to the Greggs at Newcastle Airport.

“We then had this daft idea to visit every Greggs in Newcastle in a day and we thought we could do this for the Greggs Hardship Fund, which is a worthy cause, and started telling people about it.”

The distance ended up being a little further than the trio expected, as they take on 27 miles around Newcastle for the Greggs Foundation Hardship Fund, which provides grants to people in extreme financial need. They’ve named the challenge “Matts vs Greggs” and designed their route to look like a squirrel in GPS art.

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They’ll have burnt more than 22 sausage rolls worth of calories between them when they finish their run, so we’re sure the post-run refuel will be eventful.

You can donate to the trio’s JustGiving page here.