2.5 million people are living with cancer in the UK today, and this number is expected to grow to 4 million by 2030. Macmillan Cancer Support aim to reach out to all those whose lives are affected by cancer providing support and love to families like Phil's.
"I really wanted to raise some money, not just to say thank you, but to also help Macmillan continue with their incredible support to families affected by cancer" - Phil Coleman
So Phil set himself the challenge of running three half marathons in 14 days. Embarking on a 12 week training regime, the first half marathon was Colchester, which Phil completed in 2hrs 2m. Next up was the tough Brentwood half, which due to a hilly course, tricky cross winds and feeling under the weather, took Phil a little longer (2hrs 16m) before he successfully completed his challenge with the Lee Valley VeloPark half in 2hrs 6m.
In total, Phil completed all three half marathons, a distance of 39.3 miles and raised a fantastic £1,302 for Macmillan Cancer Support, with additional money still coming in, as well as LV= 'Charity Matching' money. LV= matches, pound for pound, our people's fundraising activities for UK registered charities; up to £500 for individuals and £1,000 for groups. Find out more about our LV= fundraising and charity matching.
If you'd like to donate to Phil's Just Giving page then please click here.
"My family and I have been so overwhelmed by your generosity and support – you don't know how much this means to us. Thank you so much"
I'm sure you'd agree that this is a phenomenal achievement both for Phil and Macmillan.
If you're feeling inspired, here are some of Phil's top training tips:
Go for a mixture of different runs throughout the weeks of training and at different times, so that you get used to what time you need to get up at the weekend for a race!
Make sure you eat well – lots of chicken, rice, pasta, fruit and veg seemed to be okay for me. I'd eat a heavy pasta meal the night before the race, a bowl of rice just before the race at 7am and then have a tin of pineapple chunks after a run as it's really good at repairing muscle fibres and preventing stiffness.
If you want to run a half marathon – just do it! It seems like a lot of hard work, and they're not easy, but if you have the determination then you'll get there. You'll feel an immense sense of satisfaction and pride when you cross that finish line and the amount of support you get from the public is amazing.