Phil is driven by his love of running
AFORMER driver instructor has swapped his junk food addiction for a running habit. Phil Jefferies used to spend all day in his car, grabbing a Mcdonald’s or fish and chips on the way home.
When his weight crept to 16 stone in 2013, the 53-year-old decided he must do something about it.
Battling a number of long standing illnesses, including asthma, pancreatitis and kidney disease, didn’t help
either, so he took up exercise in a bid to get healthier and fitter.
In May of that year, he went to his local Parkrun in Swindon and hasn’t looked back.
“Going around the course I felt like I was dying,” he said.
“That was the push I needed to start doing some evening runs and watching what I ate.
In 12 months, he had slimmed by three stone and eventually started running further.
After several 10k events, he thoroughly enjoyed the 2014 Royal Parks Half Marathon in London. Then he heard local clubs needed pacers.
Last weekend he will run the London Marathon in five hours, encouraging participants long the way.
It comes five months before he paces the first ever Cheltenham Classic Run at Prestbury Park, on September 1.
Now working full-time as an administrator at Shrivenham and doing the driving lessons on the side, Phil is looking forward to his trip to Cheltenham.
The Classic Run is part of a series with three other events at Jockey Club Racecourses; Aintree (September 8), Ayr (October 6) and Newmarket (October 20).
Phil added: “First timers should not put too much pressure on themselves, it’s the finish line not the time that’s important.
Find out more about the Classic Run Series at theclassicrunseries.co.uk.
Phil Jefferies completing a recent Parkrun