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Lichfield man to run London Marathon in aid of canal restoration trust

A Lichfield athlete is raising funds for the city’s canal trust by running in next month’s London Marathon.

Steve Williams in training for the London Marathon
Steve Williams in training for the London Marathon

Steve Williams chose Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust as his designated charity for a number of reasons – including in memory of Bob Houghton.

Bob, who died of cancer in 2017, was an active member of Lichfield Running Club and was best known for his role as co-founder and race director of the Lichfield 10K for 20 years.

Steve explained: “I ‘won’ my place in the marathon, courtesy of Lichfield Running Club – where the late Bob Houghton was such an integral part for many years.

“Bob was also a member of the Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust and I thought this was a nice way to link two of his passions.”

The team working to restore the Lichfield Canal include volunteers such as Steve’s dad.

Steve Williams with his dad Brian, a Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust volunteer
Steve Williams with his dad Brian, a Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust volunteer

“Since retiring, dad has joined the trust giving him a new circle of friends including Bob’s widow Janet – as well as the chance for him to drive a digger, and give my mum some peace at home!

“The trust are desperately seeking funds for their Tunnel Vision project, the aim of which is construct a tunnel under the cross city railway line to accommodate the restored canal, so any donations will be greatly appreciated.”

Steve will take part in the London Marathon on 28th April. To donate, visit his online fundraising page.

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