A 66-year-old man has run the length of a half marathon, despite the official event being cancelled.
Tony Phelps-Jones planned to run in the Wokingham Half Marathon on Sunday, February 9 – but the race was cancelled due to a flooded track.
That didn’t stop him – he simply devised his own marathon route.
Tony, having run miles and miles through ankle-deep mud, said afterwards: “I reckon my run today was much harder than the official course would have been!”
He set off on Sunday morning, taking in Castle Bottom, Bramshill plantation, Eversley and Finchampstead churches. He returned home via Finchampstead Ridges and Horseshoe Lake, where the Blackwater had overflowed its banks again.
At the time of writing, Tony has raised £2,587 for his exhausting, dirty and lonely run, with all sponsorship going towards Prospects for people with learning disabilities; his initial target was £100 for each year of his life.
You can still sponsor him (and congratulate him) by visiting www.justgiving.com/tonyp-j.
For more information about Prospects, head to http://www.prospects.org.uk.