Reverend Philip Sourbut runs half marathon as “Act of defiance” against grief.

Reverend Philip Sourbut runs half marathon as “Act of defiance” against grief.

A Church of England minister who recently completed his first half-marathon at the age of 61 says he took up running as an “act of defiance” against grief. Reverend Philip Sourbut completed the Great West Run in Exeter in two hours and five minutes. He said he was “disappointed not to do the race in under two hours but relieved to have still been running at the end.”

The Director of Mission and Ministry for the Church of England in Devon only started running 10 months ago. He did the Great West Run in memory of his daughter Naomi, 26, who died suddenly in 2017. “The running started by accident in January, I thought I’d have a go one night and got slightly addicted. It’s become quite connected with my bereavement journey,” he said.

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