Marathon Bees – Phil Robinson
Last week we caught up with Candie Scott to see how her preparations for the London Marathon are going. This week it’s the turn of Candice’s stepfather, Phil Robinson. Phil started running marathons in his late 40’s and is now a regular on the running circuit with plenty of advice for any new runners.
Hi Phil, would you tell us a bit about yourself?
When I was 48 I was quite over weight and could barely run for a bus, let alone a marathon. I was asked if I fancy doing a triathlon and that’s when it all started! It has been an almighty journey, from a sprint triathlon then half Ironman ,then onto full Ironman races which involves a 2.4 mile swim, 120 mile bike ride and then a marathon to finish the day.
What inspired you to run the marathon on behalf of Brentford FC Community Sports Trust?
I’ve previously completed Ride London twice for the Trust and over the years I’ve ran lots of half marathons and marathons. When the chance came up to run the marathon on behalf of the Trust I had to apply!
How’s your training been going so far? What’s been your longest run to date?
I’m aways running. The longest run I’ve ever completed was an Ultra London race at 55 km. I’m also hoping to do a 50 mile run at the end of May on the north downs in Surrey – the running never stops.
What do you find to be the most rewarding thing about running?
The best thing about running is the peace and quiet and just having time to be alone in your own head. It’s not about the marathon or ultra-marathon, it’s about the journey. If you have a goal don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t do it. Come rain, shine, cold or snow, you’ll be out there plodding the street with a smile on your face.
What are your top tips for other people who are thinking about taking a similar challenge? We all started somewhere. You may not be fast, but just enjoy it and times and goals will come further down the line.
Have you run a marathon before? If yes, what marathons and when?
Over the years I’ve done a few, including the likes of Manchester, Edinburgh, Berlin, Malaga, Amsterdam, the list goes on. Starting off at 5 hours 30 minutes and slowly getting faster as the years have gone by.
Do you have a target time or goal on the day? If so, what is it?
I’m now approaching 55 years of age and hoping to finish London in 4ish hours if all goes well.
What message do you have for people who are supporting you by donating?
I’m running for the Trust to hopefully raise some money to support the amazing work they do in the community. I’ve previously worked alongside the Trust on the boating arch at Kew Bridge for many years and have seen for myself the passion they put into different projects helping all sorts of people across West London. So the more money we can collect the more people we can. Thank you for your generosity – every little really does help.
And finally, what’s the first thing you’re going to do after the marathon?
Hopefully enjoy a nice cold drink with my step daughter Candice when I see her at the finish line!
To follow Phil’s journey and to support him with any donations, please click here.