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Proud sponsors of Phil Norman on his Olympic journery

What started off as a childhood hobby has now turned into a professional athlete career, Phil Norman, based in Barnstaple, is on an Olympic journey to get to Tokyo 2021 for steeplechase, and Brend Hotels are proud sponsors of his athletic career. 

For those who don’t know, the steeplechase is an Olympic track event, stretching 3,000 meters (1.86 miles) with 4 barriers and a water pit to jump through, each time of the 7.5 laps.

“As an unfunded athlete with no paid sponsorship, to get support from a local company like Brend Hotels means a lot to me, that they believe in me and what I am trying to achieve. The sponsorship means I can fully focus on my training and get to the races to perform at my best.” Phil Norman

Phil Norman’s journey started when he was just 8 years old when he started competing as a Junior athlete. When he was just 15 years old he received his first England vest, and the following year was the top Junior athlete in England in the 1500m steeplechase. 

At 17, Phil won the Under 20’s 3000m steeplechase national championships, a huge milestone for him. In 2008 Phil left the sport due to injury and other personal reasons, but he was not finished there. In 2014, after a 6-year break, Phil returned to the sport with the goal of returning to the number 1 spot in the UK this time as a senior athlete. 

In 2019, Phil had a breakthrough year and came 2nd at the British Championships, with the goal of running at the world championships, which he needed a qualifying time of 8 minutes and 29 seconds, however, Phil narrowly missed this time on 4 occasions by less than 1.5 seconds. 

The British Athletics received an invite for Phil to compete at the world championships to represent Great Britain but unfortunately, they declined. This was a huge disappointment for Phil, but also the catalyst for him to know he had to go that extra mile, and decided to take unpaid leave from work the following year to focus on qualifying for the Olympic games. 

After years of hard work, Phil won the Men’s 3000m steeplechase in 2020 at the British Championships in Manchester, and now he’s going for gold again in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. 

To focus on this training, Phil has taken unpaid leave from this day job to focus 100% on his athletic career. With a strenuous 6-day training regime, and running an average of 70-75 miles a week Phil isn’t afraid of putting in that extra mile. 

With the support and sponsorship of Brend Hotels, Phil has been able to take time off and completely focus on his training. 

Everyone at Brend Hotels is rooting for Phil and we wish him the best of luck in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics - Keep up the good work Phil!