Determined runner Phil Newman smashes his target for charity
A FUNDRAISER who ran more than a marathon every day for a month has managed to collect double his money target.
Gold Star winner Phil Newman, 52, ran from John O'Groats to Land's End to raise cash for the Special Friends Club, a charity which supports disabled children and their families in Bristol and South Gloucestershire.
He ran so hard his feet were bleeding as he covered the final gruelling miles.Phil's initial target was to get £2,000, but his family, friends and enchanted members of the public have been so generous he has actually raked in about £4,000.
The martial arts instructor and support worker said: "I'm delighted to have smashed my target. Everyone has been so generous.
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"The most important thing out of all of this has been the Special Friends, so anything that raises awareness even more is very welcome.
"The support I've had from the parents and kids has been absolutely fantastic. They were with me in spirit every step of the way."
Phil churned out an average of 32 miles per day throughout October to complete the 983-mile route.
He braved the cold wilds of Scotland, where he was forced to run with a 50lbs pack on his back because he had been let down by his support driver.
In December, Phil was one of the proud recipients of a Gold Star award, given out by the The Post and First to people across the city who showed exceptional courage or bravery in 2012.
The Special Friends Club, run by parent volunteers, organises activities and opportunities for families and children affected by disabilities.
Phil chose the cause because one of his partner Jackie's children, 12-year-old Kyran, has severe autism.