A SELF-confessed non-runner is set to take on the London Marathon for charity Mencap. Uttoxeter man, Phil Irons, set himself the challenge as part of a fund-raising drive for the charity, which helps people with learning disabilities overcome inequalities.
And, Phil is hoping people across the area will sponsor him as he aims to raise £2,000.
Last held in April 2019, the Virgin Money London Marathon returns to the nation’s capital on Sunday 3 October, with up to 50,000 runners taking on the traditional 26.2 mile course from Greenwich to The Mall.
There will also be up to 50,000 people around the world taking part in a virtual event at the same time a part of the We Run Together campaign.
Dad of three, Phil, has so far raised £355 via https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/PhilIrons2. He said: “I don’t run! I’ve never run. So for me, taking on a marathon as my first step into running feels a bit massive, but none the less I’m determined to do it.
“I’m running for Mencap. They do some really amazing things for people with disabilities in all sorts of practical ways and it’s a fantastic charity.
“Running is not something I’ve ever done before and every week the miles get longer and harder.
“I can’t tell you how difficult I find that kind of mileage, so any support is really appreciated.”
Mencap supports people with a learning disability to overcome barriers such as finding a job, accessing activities in their communities and receiving good quality healthcare.
A spokesman for the charity said: “Right now, people with a learning disability face inequalities in every area of life with almost 1 in 3 young people with a learning disability spending less than 1 hour outside their home on a typical Saturday.
“We tackle these issues head on by providing support in a way that meets individual needs and encourages greater independence.
“We give expert advice and information that empowers people and their families. And we campaign relentlessly for changes that brings greater equality for people with a learning disability.
“By supporting Team Mencap you will be helping us to support people with a learning disability to live the life they choose, and do the things they love.”
To support Phil and Mencap, go to: virginmoneygiving.com.
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