Milestone for Trowbridge runner
11:00am Friday 3rd January 2014 in News
Paramedic Phil Halls has completed his “emotional” year-long challenge of running five kilometres every day in memory of a Trowbridge Ambulance Station colleague.
Mr Halls, 37, of St Nicholas Close in North Bradley, crossed the finish line at Dorothy House Hospice in Winsley on Sunday after running a total of 1,825km since January 2013.
He has raised £2,517 in memory of Jake Nott, an ambulance technician who died in September 2012 of a brain tumour, aged 35. Money raised will go to Dorothy House Hospice Care, which cared for Mr Nott in his final weeks.
Mr Halls said: “My target was £1,000 but I hit that in July. This is 150 per cent more, so I am over the moon.
“I know that Jake would have been immensely proud. I feel like he has been there. He often popped into my head as I was running.”
Mr Nott’s four-year-old daughter Elsie Rhymer-Nott joined Mr Halls as he tackled Winsley Hill on Sunday.
Mr Halls said: “About 25 people ran the last leg with me and the same number of people were waiting at the finish line. It was a really emotional day.”
He suffered minor injuries along his journey but continued running every day, either on a treadmill, or alongside friends he visited around the country.
“The hardest part was starting the first few weeks. That was when I picked up injuries and was tired but doing the run with other people made it feel like it was a fun thing.”