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A LOCAL man is preparing for his first ever ultra-marathon, where he will attempt to run 100km non-stop in less than 24 hours to raise money for charity.
Darren Phillips will tackle the ‘Dixons Carphone Race to the Stones’ next month, running along the Ridgeway, the oldest path in the UK starting at the village of Lewknor in Oxfordshire and finishing at the Avebury Stone Circle.
With a target of £425, Darren will be raising money for Scotty’s Little Soldiers, a charity that offers support to bereaved British Forces Children. “This will be my first ultra-marathon and I’m really looking forward to it,” said Darren. “As I work for the Forces in Colerne, I chose Scotty’s Little Soldier because of the good work that they do supporting kids who are bereaved following the loss of a parent in the Forces.”
This isn’t the first time Darren has taken on a challenge to raise money for charity, having taken on numerous events in the past to raise funds for Wiltshire Air Ambulance in memory of his sister Michelle who was tragically killed in a car accident in Devon, aged 26.
“I have completed seven marathons before: the Edinburgh marathon five times; the Bristol marathon; and the Bath marathon. I’ve also taken part in many half-marathons. I’m also in training for a coast to coast cycle ride, so I’m feeling pretty confident about the ultra-marathon. We have 24 hours to complete the course, but I am hoping to finish in plenty of time. Once I have completed the coast to coast cycle ride I’ll start preparing for the run and hit the training hard.” About her son’s next challenge, Darren’s mother, Sandra Phillips, said, “He never ceases to amaze us both with his charity running and cycling and has been such a great help to John and I, especially since losing our lovely Michelle.”
To support Darren, visit: www.justgiving.com/fund-raising/ darren-phillips19