Having lost both of his parents to cancer, Philip is running the Robin Hood Half marathon to raise money for ovarian cancer research. He shares his inspiration to get around the 13 mile course and why he is raising money for Target Ovarian Cancer.
I lost my dad to kidney cancer in 1990, so being told by my mum in 1999 that she had stage III ovarian cancer brought back a lot of painful memories. I’m sure like many other families of people who have a cancer diagnosis, my first thoughts were, “Just be there for Mum, do what you can”. And I was.
Eventually, I decided I could and should do more, so in 2002 I entered the London Marathon to raise money for ovarian cancer research. To cut a long story short, I did it in 3 hrs 54 mins, I was very proud of that time. Incredibly, just seconds after crossing the finishing line my mobile phone rang. It was Mum asking me how I’d got on. I just burst into tears. Eighteen months later, in December 2003, my mum died.
More than a decade on (and carrying a few extra pounds!), I decided I would set myself a new challenge and do the 2017 Robin Hood Half Marathon which takes place in Nottingham (of course!) this September. I’m now well into my training schedule and so far it’s going well. My schedule is a mix of easy runs, high tempo stuff and then one long run at the weekend. I’m now up to the 10-mile mark.
I’m trying to raise at least £1,000 for Target Ovarian Cancer. So far people have been very generous and I’ve raised £325, but I’m looking to beat that target if possible. If you feel you’d like to donate, anything you could manage would be very gratefully received - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/philip-brewster1
One of the reasons I’m doing this challenge is that I turned 50 this year - the same age my dad was when he died. He and Mum had made plans for their retirement but sadly this disease took them both before they had a chance to realise them. I know running 13 miles won’t be easy, but if the money raised for Target Ovarian Cancer saves other families from the pain of losing a loved one, then every aching limb and blister I suffer from will have been worth it.
Philip's parents on their wedding day