Cromer

Race is on for Phil in memory of dad

Just Regional
Feb 22, 2016 3 mins read

Student paramedic Phil Holdway is in training for the race of his life.
The 41-year-old, who works for the East of England Ambulance Service out of the Cromer and Norwich stations, is running the London Marathon on April 24 in memory of his dad.
“I’ve had my eye on the London Marathon since I watched my uncle run in the first one to raise money for Cancer Research as a kid. I’ve applied for many years to get a place through the ballot and been unsuccessful. It’s one to tick off my bucket list now though,” he said.
Phil’s dad died unexpectedly last year at the age of 64 as a result of a Pulmonary Embolism. And he said: “I wanted to raise some money for a charity in memory of him.”
All money he raises will be going directly to the RAF benevolent fund, the leading welfare charity at the heart of the RAF family.
“My dad served in the RAF for 37 years and in 1995 was awarded an MBE for his charity work.
“He was a welfare officer for the RAF benevolent fund for many years and carried on his charity work for RAF families even up to his untimely death last year. Norfolk has a very close affiliation with the RAF stretching back decades and still today,” he said.
Phil has been following a 16-week programme from the internet, a couch potato to complete marathon program.
“I’ve gone from 20 minutes of walking on day one to running 10 miles currently on week seven. I’ve lost a stone and a half in weight and haven’t drunk a beer since January 2,” he said.
Phil has also joined the North Norfolk Beach Runners and trains with them on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. “They have been a tremendous support and very encouraging.”
And he added: “This is without shadow of a doubt physically the most difficult thing I have ever undertaken. I played rugby for more than 18 years and am certainly not built for marathon running. But I am determined to complete the course to raise some money for the RAFBF and as a tribute to my dad who would have loved the whole party of the day.”
He has found it hard to fit the training in and around working shifts and family life. “It’s time consuming and tough getting out in the cold and the dark this time of year to train. And I’m also missing beer during the Six Nations,” he laughed.
Phil has pledged to raise £3,000 for the RAFBV and his hoping local people will help him reach that target.

People can donate by going to my just giving page at http://www.justgiving.com/Philip-M-HOLDWAY all money donated goes directly to the RAF benevolent fund, the leading welfare charity at the heart of the RAF family.
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