John Williams, co-founders of one of Wiltshire’s most successful heating and plumbing companies, has raised more than £1,500 for the British Heart Foundation.
John took part in his first half marathon event last month in memory of Steve Williams, well known and loved in Chippenham, who passed away suddenly in December 2017 due to heart failure at the age of 75.
In his memory, John trained to run the town’s half marathon in September – his first ever – to raise £500 for the charity which works tirelessly to improve outcomes for those with heart problems. John smashed his target by raising £1,504.
John said: “I’m so grateful to everyone who supported me and kept me going on the day. I was pleased I ran my first half marathon in just over two hours and 11 minutes and tripled my fund-raising target. Thank you.”
John Williams with his wife Debbie at the start of the Chippenham Half Marathon
The fitness bug has bitten John who has since gone on to run another half marathon in Salisbury and a 10K.
“Doing this event in memory of my dad has spurred me on to take my fitness seriously and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed running at these events which makes the training worthwhile,” John said.
The Chippenham Half Marathon celebrated its tenth anniversary this year and John’s company, John Williams Heating Services, was one of the main sponsors as it has been for the last three years. Next year’s race will take place on Sunday September 8.