Horror crash survivor all set for his 27th Great North Run for charity

Phil Holbrook with Lee Dodgson who will be joining Team Sally Holbrook in this year's Great North Run
Phil Holbrook with Lee Dodgson who will be joining Team Sally Holbrook in this year's Great North Run

A man who survived a horror car crash will lead a team of runners once again in memory of his late wife.

Phil Holbrook will take part in his 27th Great North Run on Sunday.

Sally Holbrook

Sally Holbrook

And for the fourth year in a row, he will be joined by a growing group of supporters all running as part of Team Sally Holbrook.

Sally, 48, tragically lost her life in a car crash near Greatham just before Christmas in 2012 and Phil suffered life-threatening injuries.

He suffered 30 broken bones and spent three months in hospital, initially unable to move or speak before making an incredible recovery.

In the last four years, Team Sally Holbrook has raised £15,000 for Alice House Hospice.

Antony Sweeney

Antony Sweeney

The team has grown every year and this year numbers 24.

Phil, 57, who has taken part in more than 100 5km Park Runs all over the country, said: “We started off with six in the team and it has risen every year.

“Last year it was 18 and this year it is 24, so I am quite pleased with that.

“My niece is coming up from Kent as she is keen to get involved.”

Members of Team Sally Holbrook after the Great North Run 2016

Members of Team Sally Holbrook after the Great North Run 2016

Other team members this year include Hartlepool United mascot H’Angus the monkey – Michael Evans – as well as former Pools star Antony Sweeney.

He will also be joined by Land’s End to John O’Groats runner Lee Dodgson and Pools coach John Hewitson.

Race organisers Great Run have donated a race place to the team meaning more sponsorship can go to the hospice.

The team hope to raise another £5,000 from Sunday which is how much it costs to run the hospice just for a single day.

Michael Evans has been unveiled as the latest Hartlepool United mascot, H'Angus the Monkey.

Michael Evans has been unveiled as the latest Hartlepool United mascot, H'Angus the Monkey.

Describing the attraction of the world’s biggest half marathon, Phil added: “It’s amazing. If you stand at the start line and gaze up you can’t see the end of the people, they stretch so far back.

“It is a really inspirational day. It is almost as though you can’t stop because everyone is encouraging you on.”

To sponsor the team go to https://gnr17ahh.everydayhero.com/uk/phil-holbrook-s-great-north-run-2017