I shall not use his name, just yet, as he enjoyed anonymity behind his very successful twitter campaign encouraging everyone to be active in their lunch hour, or at least once a day. He was a Champion for a fit, healthy lifestyle. Not just of the body, but of heart and soul too.
The irony, and tragedy, is that he died as he finished the Reading half marathon.
As Mr @12pmclub He would send out motivational words just before midday advising of the benefits of a break from the desk doing something active. Fitness of mind, body and soul. A recharge for better working afternoons!
As a father he encouraged quality time with family. He cajoled his children to participate in healthy pursuits and even train alongside him. He leaves a beautiful wife and two dear children.
As a friend he pushed and challenged me further on in my own training. He was in awe of my challenges of 2012 and made it a personal quest of his to promote and support them. Which he did selflessly and tirelessly for others, too.
There will be a time and a place for more eulogies. But I know I would like to carry on his dream to promote healthy living from within and around oneself. He inspired a lot of people. He contributed personally to their charities, and also motivated them forward with their challenges.
From this day, I will do a run at midday, every day, until the next Reading half marathon. I will run 2013 for him, and all that he aspired to. In time, with the blessing of his wife and children, I shall fund raise for a charity of their choice.
In this way, I humbly follow in your first steps to keep your legacy alive.
It’s not goodbye good friend, it’s Welcome, as I embrace your memory.
Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly."(Lanston Hughes)
I would ask for a Minute's silence at midday 2nd April, for him, and his family.