Marathon effort for PC Phillips fund

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Wirral Marathon runner Adam Woods © Hiedi Lazenby / LNT Construction

Wirral Marathon runner Adam Woods © Hiedi Lazenby / LNT Construction

A Wirral man, who was shocked by the death of Merseyside Police Constable David Phillips, is set to run three marathons in three days.

Adam Woods will attempt to run the three marathons around Wirral, starting this Friday. He plans to end his three day long challenge at the site where PC David Phillips was killed in a hit-and-run on October 5th.

Woods is taking on the challenge despite doing only one week’s training.

He told JMU Journalism: “I am certainly not ready, I think things like this could take up to 8 months of solid training and diet.

“I am just focused, if I have to walk or crawl I will be completing 26 miles per day. Unfortunately, I have just been on holiday so I think it will be a case of seeing the pain out.”

All the money raised by the 21-year-old will go towards the Constable Dave Phillips Memorial Fund to help support his bereaved wife and two daughters.

Asked what inspired him to take on such a physical task, Woods said: “I think ultimately it was the family, the children. Children left without a father, it’s life changing.”

On his Just Giving fundraising page, ‘3 in 3 for PC Phillips’, Woods wrote: “I was on holiday when I heard the devastating news which took place, the fact that this could happen to a person who turns up to work is disgusting.

“I have been overwhelmed by the public’s response and the money raised I feel like I HAVE to do something.”

One donator, Helen Rees, posted: “You’re quite insane Adam but such an inspiration! Good luck to you, so proud of your efforts to raise funds for such great causes! Xx”.

The Constable Dave Phillips Memorial fund has raised 83% of its £175,000 target. Merseyside Police Federation Charitable Trust said on its Just Giving page: “We have been touched and heartened by the messages of sympathy and support we have received from all over the United Kingdom and beyond.

“Large numbers have contacted us wishing to make a donation to support Dave’s family so we have set up the Constable Dave Phillips Memorial Fund.”

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