Phil is a graphic designer by trade and a dedicated good egg. He’s designed our logos and is always advising on changes we need to make to the website. Phil was never a sporty person whilst growing up and was always one of the last to be picked for team events at school; you might say he was one of those awkward geeky teenagers who never really found his niche, though he did enjoy athletics and cross country running in high school.
It was during his college years in the 90s that he started to attend regular gym sessions and was bitten by the fitness bug. About 7 years ago, Phil ventured out from the gym treadmill and started to run on the roads and hasn’t looked back since. He’s now been a regular club runner for the past 5 years and is very keen parkrun fan. He has run every distance from 5k to 26.2 miles and is keen to keep pushing on – even at the tender age of 39.
Phil’s also been known to run back to back half marathon distance runs over a number of days for a local Children’s hospice and continues to support children’s charities through his running challenges. This includes 12 half marathons in 12 days! He’s a qualified run leader with UK Athletics and coaches under 18s who have minor learning difficulties.
Apart from being a keen gym user for almost 20 years and a runner for 7 years now, Phil volunteers for a local mental health charity each week and also volunteers on the sports show for a local radio station.
“Despite showing absolutely no interest in sports or physical fitness at school I’d now say that being fit and healthy is one of the core pillars to my life; I have a burning passion for running, fitness and health as well as a love of athletics. I’m by no means a fast runner but over the last few years I’ve surprised myself at how completive I can be. I have one running trophy to my name and I aim for more. Don’t let age or weight be a barrier to getting fit; if I can then do it, anyone can.”