As Nigel Pursall of Priory Vale lines up for the Swindon Half Marathon on 14 October his thoughts will be with his brother David who was killed exactly 20 years ago to the day.
David died, aged just 29, in a shooting in Bristol on 14th October 1987. The former police officer was working as a data processing manager at Alexandra Workwear, when a gunman arrived on the premises intent on abducting his former girlfriend. When she managed to get free, the gunman began shooting indiscriminately. David tried to disarm him but was shot dead. He left a widow and four-month old twin babies, Hannah and Daniel.
"David always wanted to run the London Marathon, but his life was tragically cut short before he had the chance," said Nigel.
He has been training since last April with his daughter, Alana who is a qualified personal trainer. At the start of his training the 47 year old couldn't manage to run 50 yards without walking the next 100. "I'm a lot fitter and a lot lighter: I've dropped a stone.
"The runs are going pretty well and we are gradually building up the distance." Alana, who will be running alongside Nigel, works as a personal trainer on cruise ships and at Broome Manor Golf Club. "It's not just about getting fit," she said. "The preparation means I spend lots of quality time with my dad: it's a real bonding exercise."
The pair will be joined by three more family members: Nigel's twin brothers Tim and Jer, and David's son Daniel, now aged 20. Cheering from the sidelines, will be proud mum and dad, Marjorie and Gordon.
The family are not actively seeking sponsorship but any donations will go to the Carnegie Hero Fund Trust, chosen because David is on their Roll of Honour. To sponsor Nigel, email email@example.com
Details of the half marathon, and associated fun runs can be found at: www.swindon.gov.uk/leisuresport/halfmarathon-sbc
Pictured top, Nigel and Alana
Below, David, holding Hannah and Daniel