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Help for Heroes volunteer to run 268 miles in just 18 days

08 Aug Help for Heroes volunteer to run 268 miles in just 18 days

• A Veteran, who has been fundraising for 8 years in aid of Help for Heroes and has raised nearly £80,000 for the charity, is about to embark on one final challenge.

• Help for Heroes volunteer, 59-year-old Phil Bartlett from Spennymoor in County Durham, is planning to run 268 miles in just 18 days.

• With this event he aims to take his total amount raised for the military charity to over £100,00.

Phil will be starting and ending his mammoth run from Help for Heroes Recovery Centres. He will commence his challenge from the garrison town of Colchester and will finish up in Catterick on his 60th birthday. Phil will be running an average of 15 miles a day.

He said: “Training has been a little hit and miss. I have had a few minor injuries that has not allowed me to do as many miles as I would have liked. I am at this moment recovering from a small tear in my hamstring and have done no training for a while but I’m doing conditioning exercises daily. Despite this I feel excited to be doing this challenge. Whether my body will hold out we will have to wait and see! At aged 59 years old this is the biggest challenge I’ve attempted”.


Phil joined the Royal Corps of Transport in 1974. After tours in Germany, Northern Ireland, Canada and the Falklands Phil left the army in 1991 having reached the rank of corporal. This experience of the military prompted Phil to raise money in aid of Help for Heroes.

If you would like to donate to Phil’s JustGiving page, visit: