Grandad crosses the finish line after running 500th marathon for charity - The Leamington Observer

Grandad crosses the finish line after running 500th marathon for charity

A GRANDAD has taken on his 500th marathon for charity.

Claverdon resident David Phillips ran the Stratford marathon on Sunday (April 27), taking the total miles the 75-year-old has ran to more than 13,000.

The dad-of-two set himself the challenge back in 1982 to complete 500 marathons for the Brain and Spine Foundation and raise £125,000. He began running in aid of the small charity after reading a newspaper appeal calling for supporters – and he has not stopped since.

And last weekend he reached his 500th marathon and beat his money-raising target, taking the total raised over the years to £130,000. He celebrated with a party at Cox’s Yard.




David said: “It was such a special day that I’ll never forget.

“I’ve had a great 37 years of marathon running, meeting great people all over the world. I would recommend it to everyone.


“Next, I’ll probably carry on running, probably only shorter runs for a while though.”

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