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Dorset Father and Son Go Head to Head in Marathon Challenge

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7:36am 7th March 2014

It will be experience versus youth when a father and son from Martinstown take part in the London Marathon next month.

Dorset County Hospital Paediatrician Phil Wylie and his son Ben are raising money for Parkinson's UK.

Phil's wife was diagnosed with the disease shortly before her 50th Birthday.  She carried out a Sky Dive despite being scared of heights to raise money for the cause.

Phil who hasn't done a lot of running before said:  "You do get fitter, you go through a phase of a run and you do fell pretty good but beyond 16 miles you then start to think I just want to stop."

Ben told Wessex FM while they have been out training they've had some few interesting moments along the way.

" We are out training most weekends come rain or shine - but we met an escapee robber the police were after on one run and ended up directing the Police helicopter."

We asked Ben whether they'll be some healthy rivalry between him and his Dad over who will cross the finish line first.

" We did agree we would cross the line together, but when I was 13 we did the local fun run and we promised to cross the line together then, but just before the finish I decided to put the pedal down and I don't think he's quite forgiven me since."

The pair who need to raise £4,000 on sponsorship have their last fundraising event on 15 March.  It's a charity quiz night at Martinstown Village Hall from 7.30pm.  Tickets are priced at £10 and if you would like to go along call Phil on 01305 889085 or suewyliedrama@yahoo.co.uk.

If you would like to sponsor Phil and Ben you can visit their fundraising page here.

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