PHIL Johnson is more used to counting money than counting miles but the Newstead accountant has already notched up a significant number in a fundraising challenge.
He is already halfway through his target of 12 runs in 12 weeks which has seen him take part in the Great North Run and the Nottingham-based Robin Hood Half Marathon.
But the 42 year-old still has six races to run to complete the task and has just signed up to take on the strenuous London Marathon – all in memory of his father, Terry.
“When my dad died this summer from cancer I needed to do something positive,” said Phil. “My dad always wanted me to get fit and healthy as I am a big lad, so I came up with the idea of doing a run and someone at work dared me to do this challenge, so that was it.”
Phil’s legs got warmed up with the Great North Run, followed by the Sheffield 10k, Robin Hood Half Marathon, Goose Fair Gallop, Kimberley 10k, Tamworth 10k and Birmingham Half Marathon last weekend.
He followed this with the Holme Pierrepont Spooky Sprint 10k followed swiftly by the Shepshed seven-mile, Robin Hood 10k, Xmas Pud Run Heanor 10k and Clowne Half Marathon before ending his mission with the Edwinstowe Trail 10k on 2nd December.
“This mission has given me something to focus on and a way to deal with my grief other than just eat,” said Phil.
“It hasn’t been easy but the encouragement you get during the races is brilliant. The hardest part is the training but once I get to race day, the crowds really keep me going.”