Putting heart into running
RUNNER Andrew Wilson put his best foot forward to raise £1,200 for the charity British Heart Foundation (BHF). The Duxford man, who works as health and safety manager for builders merchants Ridgeons, completed the Great North Run in a time of two hours 17
RUNNER Andrew Wilson put his best foot forward to raise £1,200 for the charity British Heart Foundation (BHF).
The Duxford man, who works as health and safety manager for builders merchants Ridgeons, completed the Great North Run in a time of two hours 17 minutes.
All his money came from sponsorship from friends and family, as well as Ridgeons colleagues. He finished in 18,052nd place in the 13-mile race, held in Newcastle.
He chose the charity because his father Albert died from a heart attack when he was 58. Mr Wilson said: "All the way along the crowds were cheering, clapping and supporting.
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"I ran down the long hill to the coast road to the finish and, as I crossed the line, the Red Arrows performed a fly-past over the sea. What a welcome.
"Knowing I had raised £1,200, with £500 coming from Ridgeons, made it very worthwhile indeed."
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He ran with his wife Nyree, who was doing the race for another charity.
Pictured with the cheque are, from left, Gordon Ridgeon, Andrew Wilson and Kay Aslett, of the BHF.