A father of two whose older brother died 10 years ago aged just 20 is preparing to run the Brighton Marathon to raise money for HOLG.
Philip Wiltshire, 29, will be at the starting line on Sunday 2nd April, cheered on by partner, Meg, while their children, 6-year-old Emily and Harry, 3, send support from home.
Spurred on by a drive to make the most of life following a period of personal reflection, with his fast-approaching 30th birthday, Phil decided to take on a physical challenge as part of his mission to improve his health after suffering with a slipped disc since October 2021. With much of his working day as a contracts manager, spent at the wheel or in front of a laptop, he vowed to change his lifestyle to improve his fitness.
Starting out in his shed on a push bike attached to a roller, some HIIT programs and weights for six months, Phil moved onto running as a way of enjoying some healthy competition when he attempted to beat a friend’s 5k run time. In return, his friend soon smashed his time and the two continued to compete with each other leading to Phil catching the running bug!
Phil has now been training 5-6 days a week for the past few months, and once the marathon is completed, he will have clocked up an impressive 98 hours of running, covering 650 miles, plus 14 hours and 210 miles cycling on the roller in his shed. Initially planning to ‘just finish’ the marathon, he now aims to complete it in under four hours.
He also wanted to raise £1000 for us – but has gone beyond this before he has run his first stride!
Running a marathon has been a long-held ambition, as is raising money for a good cause, as Phil explains:
“A marathon has always been on my bucket list. I guess one of the main reasons I decided to go for it was that I wanted to achieve something extraordinary in my personal life by the time I hit 30.
“The other key reason is that you just don’t know what’s around the corner. My brother Rob was only a year older than me, and we were very close. Along with a few other recent events, it’s a continuous reminder to myself to make the most of the time we have.
“I’d also always wanted to run for a charity, but I didn’t know who to choose. I came across HOLG and it struck a chord as I know from experience how young people must feel when losing someone close to them, and the work they do I think is brilliant.
“So, HOLG, keep doing what you’re doing and I’ll keep running!”
You can support Phil via his fundraising page here.