Phil Wilson, 36, from Nottingham — sheet metal worker
Any marathon is an enormous challenge, and takes up a huge part of a runner’s life. But there are some things that make it shrink to insignificance. Phil Wilson’s mother lost her battle with leukaemia in January, and his running has simply not been a priority since then. “I’ve had a lot on my plate,” he admits. “But what I’ve decided to do is run the marathon for charity, either Leukaemia Research, or the City Hospital in Nottingham [where his mother was cared for]. It will give me a bit more of an incentive.”
After such a tough month, Wilson hopes that getting back into training will help him regain a semblance of normal life. He had managed more than two months without a cigarette, and although he has – understandably – had a lapse, he is sure he can now quit for good. “I’ve pretty much given up – I went 10 weeks without, so I know I can do it for good,” he says.
A 10K race after Christmas was Wilson’s first competitive outing, where he posted an impressive 44:05. Shortly afterwards, he started getting pains in his knee, but with time off running, it is now better. He is looking to start building up his distances, and rope in a friend or two. “Tom Butcher, the guy who put me up for this, is also doing the marathon, so he’s going to come over from Derby for some long runs at weekends,” he says.
Agreeing to the challenge has also unexpectedly rekindled an old friendship for Wilson. Through his forum thread on the forums, he has been communicating with a friend he had lost contact with. “It was a bit weird, but a nice surprise,” he says. It’s the support from friends that gets you through the toughest times, be they running-related or not.
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