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Beckenham fundraiser to run 184 miles in 48-hour charity challenge

PUBLISHED: 10:44 25 January 2016 | UPDATED: 15:10 26 January 2016

Phil Price

Phil Price

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Phil Price, 33, which run from the source of the River Thames to its barrier in September

Phil Price at KilimanjaroPhil Price at Kilimanjaro

A serial fundraiser from Beckenham will later this year embark on a 184-mile run from the source of the River Thames to the river’s barrier.

Phil Price, 33, will begin a 48-hour run on September 16 to raise money for The Maypole Project, a local charity that he works for.

The project’s aim is to ease the stress and pain experienced by children who have chronic, life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses by providing a lifeline of emotional support.

The support consists of counselling, groups, arts and crafts activities and sporting sessions known as Maypole Active.

Mr Price, of Copers Cope Road, has run several marathons and even climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in the past, but is now preparing for his most gruelling challenge yet.

He said: “It’s essentially seven marathons back-to-back across two days.

“I want to raise between £20,000 and £25,000 to keep our services going but it’s not just about the money, it’s about raising awareness of the charity.

“I also want to try and inspire people - if they see me doing this they’ll hopefully think that they can do a charity run or volunteer some time.”

When not running or working for the charity, Mr Price also coaches young children at Sevenoaks Rugby Club, and says he’ll soon have to be training every day to prepare for the challenge.

“I’m only just coming back from a foot injury so my training is steady at the moment but it’ll ramp up in the next few weeks - your body has to get used to being on its feet all the time,” he said.

“The Thames is such an iconic river, and I love London so it made sense to me to do this route, and it’s a challenge big enough to make people sit up and listen.

“It’s not so much the physical aspect that’s daunting but more the mental side - you can’t be thinking about the end or the distance you’ve got to go, you’ve just got to be in the moment and focus on what it is that you want to achieve, which sometimes is just putting one foot in front of the other.”

You can support Mr Price via his fundraising page here.

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