Philip to take on double marathon for Samaritans

Philip Curwen, who is running two marathons in a week
Philip Curwen, who is running two marathons in a week
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For many people, running a marathon would be the challenge of a lifetime.

But for Philip Curwen, a 26-mile run is not tough enough.

The 63-year-old will be taking on the Paris Marathon next month, before tackling the London event just a week later.

Philip, from Fulwood, didn’t expect to gain a place on both races, but will now run each one to raise funds for the Samaritans.

He said: “I ran the London Marathon in 2009 for the Samaritans.

“I applied again in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 but didn’t get in, but instead I did the Paris Marathon in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

“And I’m doing them both in a few weeks time.

“It wasn’t planned that way, it just happened. I applied for both and got on both.

“My theory is if I’m fit enough for the first one and don’t get any injuries, I can do the second one.”

Philip, who works for BMW, has been a Samaritan for more than 20 years.

He said: “We’ve got to raise our own funds to keep going - in the Preston branch we need roughly £1,000 a week to run the place.”

He added: “We just need the funding for the branch because we don’t get any sponsorship.

“It’s all down to us so that’s why we are all so grateful for some money.

“I would love everybody who I know to give a couple of pounds - everybody can afford that.

“If everybody does that it doesn’t need that many.

“Sadly, a lot of people think you’ve got to give people £50 but I don’t think you do - all the one and two pounds add up.

“Every penny we get is so gratefully received.”

Philip said he played rugby for Preston Grasshoppers when he was younger, before taking part in short triathlons with his son when he was in his 50s.

He said he also loved running on the Guild Wheel.

Phil said he would like to encourage other people to volunteer and said: “I just think it’s what we should all do and help each other out and be there for somebody else.”

Anybody wishing to donate can visit Philip’s Just Giving page at