Northop man to tackle gruelling quartet


Owen Evans

A FUNDRAISING runner is taking on four gruelling marathons in each of the home nations.

Euan Philipps of Northop will run a marathon in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales in a bid to raise £750 for fuel poverty charity National Energy Action.

The 35-year-old will take on the Belfast City Marathon this weekend before running the Edinburgh, Nottingham and Snowdon marathons later this year.

Mr Philipps, who works for West Coast Energy, based in Mold, said: “This is a big challenge but I’m really up for it.

“I’ve had some fantastic training with Buckley Runners and have received a lot of support.

“The main motivation is raising money for a really vital cause.

“I’ve been doing a lot of work with National Energy Action through my job and it’s great to be fundraising for them.”

National Energy Action offers practical advice on reducing bills by switching supplier and being more energy efficient, and also helps put in measures such as cavity wall insulation to help people who are struggling long-term.

Mr Philipps added: “Fuel poverty is hugely under reported in the UK but it’s a massive problem that affects the most vulnerable in society, the elderly, families with young children and the disabled and mentally ill.

“Not many people like to admit they are having problems and that might be why it’s not got a big profile, but it’s a really concerning issue.

“All money raised will go towards helping people in real need.”

The first race will take place on Monday at 9am, and Mr Philipps said he was raring to go.

He added: “Then it’s going to be Edinburgh three weeks later, followed by a little break before Nottingham in September and finally Snowdon in October.

“As a proud Welshman I can’t wait to get over that final finishing line.”

To sponsor Euan, visit euanrunstheuk.

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