Louth man’s triathlon challenge in memory of his father

David Williams. EMN-150615-110623001
David Williams. EMN-150615-110623001

Louth man Simon Williams is set to take on an Olympian challenge for charity in memory of his father who died last year after a short battle with cancer.

Simon, 40, hopes to raise over £1,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support when he takes part in the AJ Bell Olympic distance London Triathlon on August 8.

Simon Williams. EMN-150615-110550001

Simon Williams. EMN-150615-110550001

The triathlon will involve a 1.5km open water swim, a 40km bicycle ride and a 10km run.

Despite Simon not having swam, cycled or ran for over 20 years, he recently joined the Louth Triathlon Club where he has been “pushed to the limit” in preparation for his gargantuan task.

He has also started cycling from his Louth home to his workplace, Tri-pack Plastics in Grimsby, where he works as an operations manager.

Simon’s father, David James Williams, died at the age of 79 in July last year following a seven week battle with cancer.

Simon said: “My father was a prominent and very well-liked figure in the local area and he always put others before himself.

“Everyone who came into contact with my father became his friend and he was always full of fun and great company.

“He left a loving family behind - and many friends who will always remember the good times they all shared with him.”

In addition to Simon’s triathlon fundraiser, his mother Margaret - who was married to David for 49 years until his death - has raised thousands of pounds for Marie Curie and St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice by hosting bridge nights and collecting donations from friends and well-wishers.

In addition, a social night will be held at The Brown Cow in Newmarket - David’s pub of choice for over 35 years - on Friday July 10, exactly one year since he passed away.

The fundraising event begins at 7pm and will include a raffle and an auction, with items including a fully signed 2015 Arsenal football and a signed Manchester United football. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Meanwhile, at Simon’s workplace, his colleague

Linda Perritt took on a sponsored silence for a full day on Tuesday (June 16) and hopes to raise over £300 in total.

Simon would like to thank everybody who has donated so far, in addition to the members at Louth Triathlon Club and the swimming coaches at the Meridian Leisure Centre for their support.

Simon said: “It’s been over 20 years since I pretty much retired from all sport, so I’m pushing myself like hell.

“I’ve chosen a triathlon because I have wanted to do one since I was a kid.

“It’s hard work and it will be a huge task, but I am now relishing the challenge.

“I started properly training back in January, and I’m now cycling around 50km each day.”

He added: “This is fundamentally about raising awareness about cancer.

“Cancer hit our family and it really hit hard, and before that I’d had no real exposure

to the disease.

• To make a donation, visit Simon’s fundraising page at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/siwilliams.djw