Hartlepool pals set to reach 100th parkrun milestone

Phil Dunn, in green T-shirt in the middle of the back row, next to Phil Holbrook (yellow T-shirt), who will do their 100th parkrun tomorrow.

Phil Dunn, in green T-shirt in the middle of the back row, next to Phil Holbrook (yellow T-shirt), who will do their 100th parkrun tomorrow.

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Two friends, including a man whose body was shattered in a car crash, are due to complete their 100th parkrun in Hartlepool.

Phil Holbrook had to learn to walk again after the smash on the A689 near Greatham village, two days before Christmas in 2012.

Sally Holbrook

Sally Holbrook

The crash claimed the life of his wife Sally, who was aged just 48.

But tomorrow, he and good friend Phil Dunn are set to compete their 100th parkrun each.

Phil Holbrook, 55, said: “Following the accident I didn’t know if I was going to be able to get back on my feet again.

“It was Phil who got me back into running. He would do a parkrun and I would stand and watch him for a while.

Phil and I have been close to each other in terms of park run numbers so we thought it would be nice to do our 100th together

Phil Holbrook

“He suggested I should do it, and I started in January 2014. I did my 50th on March 21 last year, two years to the day from being discharged from hospital.

“Phil and I have been close to each other in terms of parkrun numbers, so we thought it would be nice to do our 100th together.

“We have arrived now at this point where our 100th is tomorrow.”

Founded by Paul Sinton-Hewitt in 2004, parkruns have spread all over the country and internationally due to their popularity.

Hartlepool’s takes place every Saturday morning between the Marina and Seaton Carew.

Phil, a careers advisor for Middlesbrough Council, who lives at The Fens in Hartlepool, added: “It is a very friendly atmosphere, you get kids and adults running.

“It is well organised and you meet some brilliant people.”

The two Phils have invited the runs’ founder to Hartlepool for tomorrow’s milestone, but have yet to hear if he will be able to attend.

Tomorrow is also intended to kickstart fundraising under the TeamSallyHolbrook banner, which has raised more than £10,000 for Hartlepool & District Hospice.

Phil and supporters including Phil Dunn, 51, of Foggy Furze, Hartlepool, raise money as part of the team by running events including the Great North Run.

The team has grown in size since it was established in early 2013 in memory of Sally.

Around 20 members are set to run in this year’s race in September including former Hartlepool United player Tommy Miller.

To find out more about TeamSallyHolbrook go to the website.