Dad steps up to raise funds for charity in first half-marathon
A LLANELLI dad is preparing to face his first half marathon in aid of Parkinson's disease.
Glenn Williams, 30, of Tir Capel in Dafen, will be running the Llanelli Waterside Half Marathon on March 3 to raise money for the charity Parkinson's UK.
The former Coedcae School pupil said he had been inspired by his father-in-law Jimmy Egan, who has been diagnosed with the degenerative condition.
Mr Williams said: "There's a base in Swansea and my father-in-law and mother-in- law are both on the committee.
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"They do a lot of fundraising around the area and do charity events all the time, so I thought I would help that.
"The base in Swansea has Parkinson's nurses, who my father-in-law goes to see, and they sort problems out for him."
After taking up running last year, Mr Williams said this would be the longest race he had attempted so far.
He said: "This is my first half marathon.
"I started running this time last year to get ready for the Llanelli 10k, and I just carried on to do the Swansea 10k back in October.
"I'm just working my way up now.
"I used to play football, but with work and stuff I had to give it up. With running I can get out at night.
"I wanted to get back fit again but I thought if I'm doing it I may as well raise some money."
And he said he was hoping to raise around £200 through sponsorship — with the help of wife Anna and their two daughters.
"If I can get £200 I'll be chuffed," he said.
"My family have been helping me with sponsorship. They are all going to come and cheer me on. Because it's my first I will just take this one steady. I haven't really got a time in my head yet."
To help Glenn reach his target, visit http://www. just giving.com/user/38759199 to donate.
The run will cause the closure of the A484 from Parc y Scarlets to the Berwick roundabout, between 8.30am and 12.30pm. The B4304 will also be closed between the Machynys and Berwick roundabouts, and there will be limited access on the A484 for the Gate Inn and Caravan Park.
To enter the Llanelli Waterside Half Marathon fill in the form below and return it to Human Being Active.