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RENAULT CARDIFF SALES EXECUTIVE GETS SET TO RUN LONDON MARATHON FOR CHILDREN’S CHARITY
A sporty sales executive from Renault Cardiff is hoping to raise £1,500 for a local children’s cancer charity when he runs the Virgin London Marathon later this month.
Neil Williams will pound the streets of the 26 mile route from south London to the finish line near Buckingham Palace on Sunday 22nd April in aid of the Christian Lewis Trust, a South Wales based charity helping support UK families affected by children’s cancer.As a New Car Sales Executive and Renaultsport Specialist at the Penarth Road dealership, Neil has been working on a gruelling training routine around his busy daily schedule since January.
The 34-year-old has been running 15 to 20 miles on Mondays which are his day off, and then covering anything between 5 and ten miles several more times during the week.
He said: “I have three children and as a parent I can’t think of anything worse than hearing the word cancer in connection to your kids.
“I don’t have a personal relationship with the Christian Lewis Trust, but I like the fact that they are based locally in Cardiff and Swansea and I think the work they do is amazing.”
Neil, who ran the London Marathon with friends in 2010 and raised just under £3,000 for the same charity has had to overcome a personal challenge while preparing for the race this month.
Last year he was left permanently deaf in his left ear after suffering from Bell’s Palsy, a form of facial paralysis that weakened the muscles on the side of his face.
Neil said: “The loss of hearing affects my balance, so it has been much harder to run as it does make me feel very dizzy sometimes.
“I wanted to do the marathon as a personal challenge because of this, but most importantly I wanted to raise money for the charity.”
The father of three has received a great deal of support from his colleagues at Renault Cardiff and will also be cheered on from the sidelines of the marathon by his wife Donna and children Casey, 11, Amy, 9, and Seren, 7.
He said: “They will watch from Tower Bridge which is about half way through the route, they have all been extremely supportive for the last few months when I have been off on 3 hour runs as part of my training. I wouldn’t have been able to do this without them.”
Anyone who wants to sponsor Neil can visit www.justgiving.com/londonmarathon2012 and leave a donation for the Christian Lewis Trust.