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Kenilworth runners gear up for London challenge

Rachel Miller. Picture submitted

Rachel Miller. Picture submitted

It’s ready steady race time for all the town’s runners getting ready to pound the pavements and do their bit for charity in London in a matter of weeks.

Seasoned runner David Phillips and first timer Rachel Miller will both complete the gruelling 26-mile London Marathon in April to do their bit for charities across the UK.

Accountant David has completed more than 10,000 miles worth of races over the past 25 years including completing the capital city race a total of 21 times before.

The race in April will be his 436th marathon, but he is not taking anything for granted after breaking his leg in November leaving him with a rare training -free Christmas.

Kenilworth’s very own marathon man uses his tireless efforts to raise money for the Brain and Spine Foundation Charity for which he has so far raised over £70,000.

And hoping to make it to £75,000 by April, he is encouraging everyone to help him reach the milestone and get one step closer to his dream of running 500 marathons before 2020.

Over the past two decades David has taken his trainers all over the world to compete but said London’s race is always the most enjoyable.

“It is just such an incredible atmosphere at London,” he said. I’ve been exercising every day since I left school I think, it’s just something that I like to do and can’t imagine life without running.

“I’ve done most of the UK marathons and I am never short of a race to enter to get to my target of 500.”

David will run as part of Team Phillips - made up of runners Helen Williamson in what will be her second marathon, Carol Walton-Grant who is new to the group, and Dave Goodwin who will be completing his seventh marathon.

Last year the team made £9,000 for the charity, and are already well on the way to hitting this year’s target.

To sponsor the group, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Phillips4

And training hard for the first-timers, mum-of-two Rachel Miller will complete her first ever 26-mile race when she crosses the finish in just over one month’s time.

The dedicated nurse is already training hard and said it is all about the challenge, the experience and of course doing her bit for a charity close to her heart.

Flying the flag for Children with Cancer, 35-year-old Rachel hopes to bring in £1,500 to help young people.

Rachel, who works on Warwick Hospital’s children’s ward, said after being given a place just weeks ago, she has a lot of work to do to make it round on the day.

“I ran Kenilworth half marathon last year, but have never been as far as this,” she said.

“I only found out I had a place three weeks ago, so I am having to fit a lot of distance in to prepare for it.

“It will be tough but hopefully I will make it round and hit my target for a really important charity.

She has already raised over £800 and anyone who wants to donate and help her hit the target can do so via www.virginmoneygiving.com/rachelMiller4

 

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