Mike’s marathon tribute to inspirational teacher

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RUNNING dad Mike Cobb took on a marathon challenge in memory of a teacher who inspired his young children.

Miriana Phillips taught Mike’s daughter Lucy, eight, and Sam, six, at Westover Primary School, Copnor, Portsmouth.

Miriana Phillips

Miriana Phillips

As The News reported last year, Mrs Phillips lost a 10-year battle with breast cancer and spent her final moments at the Rowans Hospice, in Purbrook.

In her memory Mr Cobb, of Redcar Avenue, Copnor, took part in the Brighton Marathon to raise money for the hospice.

The 39-year-old said: ‘I ran in honour and memory of my children’s teacher Mrs Phillips. She was my children’s first teacher and they remember her so well.

‘Both of them really liked her and we got on well with her too.

‘So we wanted to do something in her memory.

‘When she died, the school had a day to raise money for The Rowans Hospice and my children did the Great South Mini Run for them too as that was where Mrs Phillips spent her last few weeks.’

Mr Cobb, who works as a mechanical technician for Astrium, was joined by 14 others on the run, who also ran to raise money for the hospice.

‘I have been doing the Great South Run for about 10 years and it was a challenge to do a marathon,’ added Mike.

‘When I did last year’s Great South Run I was already committed to raising money for a leukaemia charity.

‘I wanted to do the Portsmouth half marathon, but I became ill so wasn’t able to take part.

‘But after that I ran every other day and did a few big runs in preparation.’

Ali George, events fundraiser for the Rowans Hospice, said: ‘We were thrilled to have 15 runners taking part in this year’s Brighton Marathon.

‘This is an incredible challenge. We are very grateful to everyone for going that extra mile to raise funds.’

There’s still time to sponsor Mr Cobb by visiting justgiving.com/michael-cobb.

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by PRIYA MISTRY

The News

priya.mistry@thenews.co.uk