To achieve the £1 million fund-raising target he set himself, his three main challenges in 2009 were completed within six months. He rowed the Channel with Al Humphreys on 14th February, just after a year of being injured and he walked the London Marathon over 14 days on crutches. Phil captivated the nation throughout his two-week ordeal. He then flew out to the USA and hauled himself up El Capitan with a support team of some of the country's best climbers including Andy Kirkpatrick; he completed over 4,250 pull-ups and slept on the side of the mountain for three days before reaching the summit. Phil raised in excess of £1.3 million for charity in 2009. His efforts inspired millions and gained national recognition including Fundraiser of the Year at the Pride of Britain Awards and the Helen Rollason Award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.