Walker decides it’s better to cycle to his stand-ups

Comedian Phil Walker
Comedian Phil Walker
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They say you should suffer for your art.

Phil Walker is doing just that.

The stand-up comedian and five of his friends from St Annes are cycling from Blackpool Tower to the Eiffel Tower in a bid to raise £20,000 for Brian House.

“Now I think about it, it might not have been such a good idea,” he says.

“My backside is in pretty good shape at the moment but I’m not sure what it will be like after all this is finished.

“I’ve been told two pairs of shorts is the way forward so I’m just hoping that’s true or else it could be a painful experience.”

Phil, son of former Catchphrase host Roy, came up with the charity idea after “probably having a bit too much to drink” with friends one night.

“Next thing we know we’d all signed up to do it and it was too late to get out of it,” he said.

They depart from Blackpool on August 27 for the 529 mile cycle to Paris. The aim is to ride around 70 miles a day over the course of a week and Phil is even doing a show en route.

“I’m booked to play the Jongleurs Club in Reading on the way down so I’ll be turning up at the venue on my bike, half way through the ride,” he said.

“I might be shattered but at least it should give me some good new material ... in fact I reckon I could get an Edinburgh show out of all this!”

Cycling from one country to another might sound pretty daunting but for all his joking, Phil seems fairly confident.

“I bought a road bike about a year ago and I have really enjoyed getting out on it,” he said.

“I cycle twice a week so by the time the ride comes around I’ll have done plenty of training.”

Phil is a professional comic who gigs all over the country.

In fact, as part of his training he is going to cycle 85 miles to a gig he’s got coming up in Sheffield.

“It will be tough because it will be over the Pennines but we will try and get some sponsorship and all the money will go towards this £20,000 we are trying to get for the hospice,” he said.

As part of the fundraising push, there is also a charity golf day taking place at the De Vere Hotel, Herons Reach, on Wednesday May 28. It has been organised by Marsden Rawsthorn Solicitors, where Phil’s wife Janet works, and the cost is £350 a team – or £30 for non-golfers who wish to attend the evening event. For more details contact jwalker@marsdenrawsthorn.com or call 01772 799657.

Phil has also been raising money at the monthly Woofers Comedy Club he runs at Lytham Cricket Club.

Held on the first Thursday of each month, the next takes place tomorrow and features comedians John Scott and Jamie Sutherland, as well as two new comics. Phil will compere the night – tickets are £10 and available from 01253 734137.