Great North Run: Phil marks milestone by running in memory of his late wife

Phil Holbrook will do the Great North Run for the 25th time this weekend.
Phil Holbrook will do the Great North Run for the 25th time this weekend.

A dedicated athlete will compete in his 25th Great North Run this weekend in memory of his beloved wife.

Phil Holbrook will tomorrow lead a 13-strong team of friends and family all running in Sally Holbrook’s name in aid of Hartlepool and District Hospice.

Sally Holbrook died in a car crash just before Christmas 2012.

Sally Holbrook died in a car crash just before Christmas 2012.

Sally, 48, tragically died in a car accident near Greatham just days before Christmas in 2012.

Phil, 55, from the Fens, Hartlepool, was also seriously injured and suffered 30 broken bones and spent three months in hospital.

This year’s Great North Run Team Sally Holbrook is more than twice the size it was last year.

Online donations for the hospice, which recently named a room after Sally, have topped more than £1,500 so far.

Phil said: “It is going to be a big day. It is going to be my 25th so it is a milestone I always wanted to achieve and it is going to come on Sunday.

“I would like to thank all the team who have pulled together and come on board. This year we are 13 strong whereas there was six of us last year.”

This year, Phil will be joined by two work mates from Middlesbrough Council, where he works as a career advisor. Other new faces include fellow runners from Hartlepool’s Park Run events.

The team raised around £500 for the hospice at a recent charity music night at the Fisherman’s Arms.

Phil added: “We are very proud the hospice chose to name a room after Sally in recognition of the team’s work.”
Anyone who wants to support the team can do so at https://gnr15.everydayhero.com/uk/teamsallyholbrook