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'Heart charity run is tribute to my closest friend'
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THE sudden death of his best friend last year has spurred Bryn Williams on to raise cash for a heart charity.
Now dad-of-four Mr Williams, from Deddington, is in training for the British Heart Foundation’s Blenheim Palace Half Marathon.
The 52-year-old is running in memory of Michael Brown, of London, who died aged 55 on Boxing Day last year after a heart attack.
Mr Williams has raised more than £1,200 so far for the heart charity.
The publisher and photographer said: “When something like this happens to someone you are close to, who is the same age as you and who seems perfectly fit and healthy, it opens your eyes to how short life is.
“If you were to look at the two of us, I would have certainly been the more stereotypical candidate to suffer from a heart problem as he was very active, running regularly, playing tennis and seemed in perfect health.
“I remember the last time we communicated was on Christmas Day last year. He had emigrated to America some years ago but we were in close contact.
“We agreed to talk again the next day but when I turned on my phone the following morning, I had a voicemail from his wife asking me to call her immediately.
“I discovered to my horror that he’d passed away only hours after we had spoken.
“He had gone out for a walk in the snow and collapsed. Michael’s heart had just stopped.”
He added: “By getting involved in British Heart Foundation events, I feel as if I’m doing something positive in the face of such tragedy.
“I’m not a regular runner but having such a reason to take part inspires me to try my best.”
The half marathon’s 13.1 mile route takes participants round the palace grounds. It is being held on Sunday, October 6 and you Enter online at bhf.org.uk/Blenheim. To sponsor Bryn visit justgiving.com/MCB1
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