Marathon man’s tribute to wife

Philip Wright ran a charity marathon leg in tribute to his wife

Philip Wright ran a charity marathon leg in tribute to his wife

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IT WAS in tribute to his wife, Karen, when Philip Wright completed a leg of a world record breaking marathon attempt.

The environmental health officer, 37, from Pevensey, completed a 26 mile marathon leg from Eastbourne to Shoreham on May 5 as part of RelayGB, in aid of Brain Tumour UK.

He has raised more than £2,500 for the charity in tribute to his wife Karen, who was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour during the birth of their third child, Ben, two years ago.

Philip said: “Karen has had surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy and has responded well to the treatment, but the uncertainty associated with the disease has been difficult for us.”

RelayGB is a new charity fundraising challenge that sees runners covering 2,600 miles around Britain in more than 100 non-stop marathons.

The mission is to break the world record for distance relay running while raising £500,000 in aid of Brain Tumour UK.

The challenge started at 8am on May 4 in London, and the relay runners took the route out to Kent and along the south coast, before heading north at Exmouth, Devon, and making a circuit of Britain, taking in major cities.

Philip completed the stretch between Eastbourne and Shoreham in just over five hours, starting at 4.30am.

“It was pitch dark when I started,” he said. “The last six to eight miles were very hard, because even though I’d been training, I was not fully prepared for the hills. They took their toll after a while.”

RelayGB ends on May 21. Follow the runners on a map at www.relaygb.org