Colin Thomas, of Pennard, Gower will be running in the Cardiff Half Marathon this weekend to raise money for Faith in Families.
This will be Colin’s seventh half marathon and his second Cardiff Half .He last ran it in 2013 and the event is a special one for Colin as he was born in Cardiff and lived there until he was five and again when he was a teenager. Over the years Colin has has also run six marathons including the London Marathon – three times – and the Riyadh Marathon.
Colin, a retired telecommunications engineer, is also a keen cyclist. In 2011,to mark his 60th birthday, he took part in a bike ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats organised by Action Medical Research and persuaded his son, nephew and some of their friends to join him. Last year for his 65th he cycled with his son from Canterbury Cathedral to St Davids Cathedral, raising funds for St Mary’s Church, Pennard.
Colin’s wife Catherine said: “As usual Colin invited me to use his latest challenge to fund-raise for a charity of my choice. So this time charity is Faith in Families. My decision came as the result of a really inspiring talk and video presentation at the Diocesan Conference in Brecon Cathedral last October, where I represented the Parish of Three Cliffs.
“At conference the members of the clergy who are involved in the project spoke so enthusiastically about their plans for the future and we saw and heard people describing the dramatic, positive difference Faith in Families has made in their lives. Not long after the conference it was announced that Government funding for Faith in Families would soon be withdrawn. This was a bitter blow to the charity and everyone involved.”
You can sponsor Colin here.