Mankini Phil to take part in 100-mile Thames race

Mankini-wearing runner Phil Robbins in the 2013 Berkhamsted Half Marathon. Photo by Stuart Howe.
Mankini-wearing runner Phil Robbins in the 2013 Berkhamsted Half Marathon. Photo by Stuart Howe.

A man who ran the Berkhamsted Half Marathon in a mankini will run in a 100-mile race next weekend.

Phil Robbins, 33, of Highfield Road, Berkhamsted, expects it will take him about 24 hours to finish the Thames Path 100 – which begins on Saturday, March 23.

The race goes along the Thames Park National Trail from Richmond to Oxford.

The most Phil has run in one go before is 70 miles – but he did the multi-day 156-mile Marathon des Sables Sahara desert race in 2011.

He said: “I wanted to do something that did not pressurise me into another personal best during the Berko Half, which is why I wore the mankini. I just ran in it for a bit of a laugh.”