London Marathon: Plaistow astronaut’s world record bid

PUBLISHED: 18:30 13 April 2016

Marathon runner Phillip Minns

Marathon runner Phillip Minns

Phillip Minns

After more than 60 marathons, Phillip Minns is hanging up his trainers in style.

Marathon runner Phillip MinnsMarathon runner Phillip Minns

The 45-year-old is taking on his 12th London Marathon dressed as an astronaut to raise money for the NSPCC.

“As it’s 30 years since Childline was set up I wanted a giant telephone, one of the old-style ones, but I couldn’t afford to hire one,” he said.

“I decided to run as a spaceman instead, as their latest advert is about a little boy who wants to become an astronaut.”

He won’t be the only astronaut taking on the 26.2 mile distance, either – Tim Peake is planning to run simultaneously on a treadmill on the International Space Station.

“It’ll be me versus Tim,” Phillip, who lives in Palmer Road, Plaistow, joked.

To make Phillip’s challenge even harder, he is aiming to break the Guinness World Record for the fastest marathon dressed as an astronaut.

“I need a time of 3:07, which is going to be pretty difficult,” he said.

“I’ve been running to work in Canary Wharf and I’ve been training with the East London Road Runners too, who are great.”

Despite this being his last marathon, Phillip isn’t going to give up the running lifestyle completely – he hopes to concentrate on coaching others instead.

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