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Caunce O’Hara’s Marketing Manager to run 12th marathon for children’s charity

Posted on 1st May 2020 by Marketing Executive - Katherine Ducie

Caunce O'Hara's Marketing Manager, Phil Ainley, running a marathon.

This October, Caunce O’Hara’s Marketing Manager, Phil Ainley, will be running the London Marathon in aid of the Brathay Trust, a charity that improves the lives of children, young people and families in the north.

With 11 marathons and two ultra-marathons already under his belt, raising around £15,000 in total, Phil is certainly no stranger to the trials and tribulations of marathon running.

For his 12thmarathon, Phil is aiming to beat his own personal best and has been training routinely in preparation for the day. Explaining more about his training so far, Phil says:

“I have cut my number of runs down to 2 per week from 4/5. I recognised I was struggling for strength in the final third of my previous marathons, so I rejoined the gym and engaged a personal trainer to improve my strength.”

“I would love to break the 4-hour mark, but I’m not sure that’s possible as I suffer with asthma.”

Explaining how he’s feeling about the marathon, Phil says:

“Unfortunately, the marathon has been postponed, but for very good reason as the public’s safety has to be top priority. It does provide me with a new opportunity to a) raise more money for the Brathay Trust, and b) get into even better shape for the run on the new date of October 4th.”

11 marathons and 2 ultra-marathons completed

Phil always ran during football training sessions, but was more of a sprinter than a distance runner when he was younger. He took up running as a pastime in 1996 while at university, and ran his first marathon in 2008.

Last year alone, Phil managed to run three marathons and an ultra-marathon. His checklist so far includes:

  • Fitness First Indoor Marathon – in aide of BHF and a local hospice 2008
  • Rossendale Way Ultra 43miles 2009
  • Robin Hood Marathon, Nottingham 2010
  • Manchester Marathon 2014
  • Manchester Marathon 2015
  • Shakespeare Marathon, Stratford-upon-Avon, 2017
  • Hull Marathon 2017
  • Northern Jumble Marathon 2017
  • Manchester Marathon 2018
  • Leaodris Grim Marathon, Leeds 2019
  • Canalathon Ultra 32miles 2019
  • Tissington Trail Marathon 2019
  • Chester Marathon 2019
Caunce O'Hara's Marketing Manager Phil Ainley running a marathon

Then and now: Left – Phil in 2002 during the Tough Guy Competition. Right – Phil in 2018 during the Wilmslow Half Marathon on a particularly hot summer’s day, after which he spent the night in hospital as a result of dehydration.

About Brathay Trust

Based in the Lake District, the Brathay Trust is a youth charity that was founded in 1946. They focus on inspiring families to engage positively in their communities through support programmes and engaging activities.

Phil says: “The Brathay Trust believes that everyone can do extraordinary things and they aim to bring out the best in those that they support. Their aim is to improve the lives of children and young adults and I hope I can help spread their message just that little bit further through my fundraising.”

“I believe that everyone deserves their chance in life, so Brathay’s ethos fits nicely with my own.”

About The London Marathon

The Virgin Money London Marathon which was originally meant to go ahead on 28 April has been postponed until 4 October due to coronavirus. It’ll see over 40,000 people run 26.6 miles through the streets of London, starting at 10am from Blackheath and Greenwich Park. From there, runners will go over Tower Bridge and through Canary Wharf before finishing on The Mall, near Buckingham Palace.


If you’d like to support Phil in reaching his target of £1,750 to improve the lives of more children, you can visit his Just Giving fundraising page here.


Caunce O’Hara’s Marketing Manager to run 12th marathon for children’s charity - Caunce O'Hara's Marketing Manager Phil Ainley smiling upon completing a marathon

Phil during the ‘May the 4th be with you’ trail half marathon in Shrophire, a hilly trail run which took in the Long Mynd climb two times over.

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