Paramedic Nick’s challenge to end all challenges

Our runners, swimmers and cyclists amongst us will know that training and completing an event can become a crazy obsession.

And no one knows this better that Paramedic Nick Williams from Ipswich.

He will be taking on a colossal running, swimming and cycling challenge this year, all to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Nick will be challenging his own limits, running  the Colchester half marathon in March, the London marathon in April, the Edinburgh marathon in May, the Great East swim in June and the Great North run in September. All this and there may be more on the cards.

So what makes Nick take on challenge after challenge?

“I started running a simple (I thought) 5km four years ago with my Dad - a seasoned runner with a running club, it took me nearly 50 mins.....! 

“I then ran some more and some more and joined a Felixstowe Road Runners with some guys from my station. I turned 40 in 2016 and planned to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, a cause close to my heart. It was the reason I joined the service in 2008, when my dad was diagnosed with bladder cancer.

“Then, the plan went wrong and the obsession started. I lost three stone and increased my runs from 5km to 10km to a half marathon which I've done two of now and have the Colchester half marathon on the 12th March.”

Nick has raised more than £3,000 in the last two years and aims to raise £5,000. He was also presented with a polka dot cycling shirt by Macmillan. These are only awarded to fundraisers who have gone the extra mile!

“I was really humbled - its pride of place in my kit bag.

“Training is a key part to completing all these challenges and its finding the time, realising that it’s for one day, just one day and the pain will be worth it.”

If you would to make a donation, please visit Nick’s Justgiving page.

From all of us here at EEAST, good luck Nick. You are awesome!

Published 23rd February, 2017

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