By Rebecca Duffett: A Staffordshire man has completed the first of 12 consecutive half marathons.
Phil Thomas – the 6 Towns Runner – is taking on the challenge to raise money for the Donna Louise Hospice.
Two years ago, he did six half marathons in six days – and this year, he’s trying to beat that by doubling the distance.
He has already run through all six towns of Stoke-on-Trent, starting and finishing in Tunstall.
Phil, who is a member of Trentham Running Club, said: “It’s been harder than I thought it was going to be to be fair, but I think that’s due to the weather being so hot, but it’s been good. Hopefully it won’t be this hot for the rest of the 12 days!”
The first leg of his marathon challenge was completed in two hours 31 minutes.
“That’s the average pace I’m trying to keep because the point is trying to complete the whole 12 halves and not to go quick,” Phil said.
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The 6 Towns Runner has been training for this challenge since the beginning of December and to make things more interesting he will be completing the distance in a variety of ways.
Work commitments mean Phil will complete a treadmill half-marathon tomorrow (March 30) before joining the weekly Hanley Park run on Saturday and the 10k race in Crewe – an event that he will complete twice to make up the half marathon.
Donations can be made through a JustGiving page that can be found along with more information on Phil’s challenge atwww.6townsrun.co.uk.