A driving instructor from Swindon is preparing to run 4 marathon distances on a treadmill, before taking on the real London Marathon this year to help asthma sufferer’s in the UK, which includes himself.
Fifty year old Phil Jefferies from Haydon Wick is aiming to raise £2,500 by the time he tackles the world famous city route on 24 April.
An asthmatic since childhood, Phil has joined a team of dedicated runners representing Asthma UK, the leading Asthma charity for the 1 in 11 people that live with asthma in the UK. Asthma UK funds the world-leading research to find better treatments and ultimately a cure for asthma, which is so desperately needed as every day the lives of three families are devastated by the death of a loved one to an asthma attack, and tragically two thirds of these deaths are preventable.
As part of his fundraising efforts, Phil is collecting funds from the public by running on a treadmill in various shopping centres around Swindon, starting on 24 January at the West Swindon Centre.
Phil said: “With help from Excalibur Communications who are loaning me a gym-style treadmill for the events, I am hoping to be able to complete the full marathon distance on the machine during the opening hours of the shops. I hope that people using the centres will be generous enough to put some loose change into the collection buckets to show their support for my cause”.
He will also be attempting further treadmill marathons on 14 February, again at the West Swindon Centre, and twice in March, 13th at Morrison’s Supermarket, Dorcan Way, and later that month on Easter Monday, 28th in The Brunel shopping centre.
“As well as raising awareness of Asthma UK by completing these runs, it will also be a great way to train and prepare for the actual Marathon in London as well,” explained Phil. “By the time I line up on the start line in April I should feel confident about being able to complete the 26.2 mile distance easily.
“Life with asthma is tough. I’ve spent time in hospital and constantly have to take preventative and reliever inhalers to keep my symptoms under control.
“I feel proud to be able to represent Asthma UK in this way and hopefully can make a difference to the people living with the condition in the UK.”
Support Phil in his fundraising efforts via his Virgin Money giving page.