Croydon-based British gymnast with a learning disability won’t let COVID-19 stop him from running first ever marathon


Croydon resident Philip Davis, who has a learning disability and dyspraxia, refuses to let COVID-19 stop him from running his first ever marathon for the UK’s leading learning disability charity Mencap to help change attitudes towards learning disability.

Phillip, 35, has represented his country in the British Disability Gymnastics team up until 2015 as well as in the 2011 Special Olympics World Games, where he won seven medals including silver on the pommel horse and gold on the parallel bars. Philip has never wanted to be defined by his disability and found that sport helped him break down barriers.

Phillip will join friend fellow former British Disability Gymnastics teammate, Charlotte Aspley, to take on the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon in Charlotte’s hometown Lichfield in Staffordshire. Starting and finishing at Lichfield Rugby Club, the pair will be running in their respective socially-distanced “support bubbles” as part of a larger group of runners.

You can read up more on Philip’s story here and donate: