Despite a badly fractured hip, councillor for Shaw Keith Williams intends to take part in the two mile fun run at Swindon Half Marathon on Sunday 14 October.
A keen athlete Keith was taking part in the Highworth Triathalon on 16 September and had overtaken most other competitors on his bike after the swimming phase. But he came off on a damp road, speeding down a hill near Hannington. Such was the accident that he had to have major surgery to repair the damage.
Keith explained: "If you come off your immediate reaction is to get up and back into the race. Several other competitors asked if I was ok and I said I was fine. But it was impossible to stand and I couldn’t understand why. A passing leisure cycle relayed a message back to race control; when a marshall appeared I got him to hold up my bike so I could see it wasn’t damaged.
"After some confusion an ambulance eventually turned up. but getting me onto the stretcher was when the pain kicked in, it was really teeth grinding and near unbearable. I must have felt every bump in the road to accident and emergency at Great Western Hospital."
Keith’s left hip is now held together by a dynamic hip screw and he has a plate and several screw at the top of his femur. "The surgeon said the injury is the kind of damage old folk have when they’re topple over," he said.
He’s been told he can’t run for three months after the surgery. Not to be deterred Keith has made visits to the County Ground to try out a handbike supplied by Swindon Council’s Sports Development Team so that he can get to the starting line on 14 October.