In 2010 aged 33 after not doing any sort of fitness or exercise for 9 years
Philip Eccleston a long distance truck driver from Bolton decided that he had to do something about his weight and fitness.
At a younger age Phil had always enjoyed running and dreamed of one day running the London Marathon,
he had been in the armed forces and done various running races but didn't really know how to run and anything about running.
After Completing the 2002 Kinloss to Lossiemouth half marathon in a time of 1 hour 42 minutes Phil would not run again for 9 years.
Weighing in at 18.5 stone in 2010 Phil needed to do something about his weight and lifestyle
which consisted of eating and drinking to much and sat in front of the TV watching Football,
never did he realise the 5 year journey what he was going to embark on and see him Qualify for England in the Marathon.
At first Phil started running for charity after the death of his father,
still not really knowing much about running he trained for the Edinburgh marathon in 2011 whilst his wife Melissa was expecting there first child.
Training hard and getting his weight down to 16 stone he ran the Edingburgh Marathon in 4 hours 47 minutes.
In 2012 he joined his first running club reluctantly as he thought they would not what a slow over weight runner ,
this would be the start of a amazing journey of hard work, determination and just what you can do if you have passion and want to feel alive again.
Never giving up on his dream of running the London Marathon Phil started to listen to good advise,
learning how to run, train and get his nutrition right with expert advice.
Phil says he remembers watching elite athletes on the TV, how they ran and what they did and reading endless amount of books and magazines on running.
Still he was training hard but kept getting injuries ,
he had to learn how to run high milage weeks but stop getting injured.
His passion for running grew stronger and after completing a few ultra marathons he ran his first 100 mile Ultra
The North Downs way in a time of 29 hours 15 minutes, something he thought was impossible and out of his reach.
His progression was amazing the more he learnt, the more he trained the faster he became.
Phil had a passion for this marathon although a real tough marathon with 3000 feet of climbing involved he loved the whole event and the challenge and no doubt his best performances where always on this marathon. His rate of progress each year speaks for itself.