Physio joins marathon effort in Jordanian desert

A physiotherapist has run five marathons in five days in searing desert heat, and spent his spare time treating other runners.

Matt Goodman travelled to the Jordan Ultra Marathon in the Middle East to provide support for a team of runners who were completing the full route of eight marathons in six days, raising money for a variety of causes including London’s Air Ambulance.

But he decided to run some of the race himself, tackling five marathons in temperatures of up to 48ºC. He also set about his own fundraising campaign, raising money for both the air ambulance and Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

Mr Goodman, who works in private practice in Gloucestershire, found out about the opportunity through an advert in Frontline earlier this year. He said it was an ‘incredible adventure and an amazing experience’.

‘We travelled through the heart of the desert, camping miles from anywhere with Bedouins who also helped show us the way,’ he added.

Mr Goodman said he was keen to repeat the challenge next year, when the event will be re-run with a larger contingent of competitors.

‘I was certainly kept very busy, and was called on to provide lots of acupuncture, taping and massage. Next year I’d like to have another physio come along and a dedicated sports masseur as well.’

Donations can be made to Matt Goodman’s fundraising effort through his JustGiving page at

Graham Clews

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