Beckenham iron man takes on 10 tough challenges for The Maypole Project
PUBLISHED: 17:19 09 May 2013 | UPDATED: 17:19 09 May 2013
The warm glow of completing a half-marathon for charity in your personal best time would be reason enough for most people to give themselves a pat on the back.
But for serial fundraiser Phil Price, the 13.1 miles he ran in March were just the start of a gruelling 10 self-inflicted challenges that will see him climb, swim and trek for The Maypole Project.
His efforts mark the 10th anniversary of the charity, based in Green Street Green, Orpington, which supports children with life-threatening and life-limiting medical conditions.
Taking matters into his own hands, Phil, who works part-time for the charity, has so far completed two of his challenges, having taken part in the Tough Mudder event in north London on Sunday – a 12-mile obstacle course caked in energy-sapping sludge.
Preparing his body for the rigours ahead has been arduous in itself, requiring Phil to test every muscle in his body to raise the £2,000 which is his target.
“I have been running two to four times a week from Beckenham to Green Street Green, and then to Hayes and back to Beckenham,” said a tired Phil.
“I also have to swim two times a week and then do three or four hours of weight training, as well as trying to fit in some time for a normal life.”
After completing his second muddy challenge, he will next take part in a 10km run before swimming a mile, climbing three mountains, trekking Mount Snowdon and, most daunting of all, running a 100km course by the Thames.
Though training has been gruelling, he keeps the thought of his first encounter with The Maypole Project close to his heart for inspiration.
He said: “I started volunteering about three years ago when I was between jobs, and I went along to a respite day where families come along and drop off their kids.
“We put on bouncy castles, play some sport and get creative while the parents can go off and have a day that we all take for granted. I remember that day a woman said she and her husband had gone for a meal together for the first time in months – that was great.”
Since he is also a personal trainer, fitness isn’t an issue for Phil – although he admits the thought of running 100km in September has left him fearing the mental effects of the endurance challenge.
Having done the London Marathon last year, he knows there will be no crowds this time around to cheer him on.
“I would say the 100km is going to be the most mentally and physically challenging task,” said Phil.
“You have to keep yourself sane and not bored because it’s not like the London Marathon, it’s a lot smaller. It’s just you running from Putney to Henley-on-Thames, but oddly I’m more worried about the mile swim because I’m not the strongest swimmer.”
Though he’s yet to pin down the final two challenges, he hopes to finish with a flourish – perhaps with a sky dive.
He added: “My girlfriend and mum are a little bit concerned, but you only live once, so why not challenge yourself?”
To read more about The Maypole Project, visit maypoleproject.co.uk, or to donate to Phil’s fundraising total, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/PhillipPrice1.