Triathlon tribute for late councillor by brother-in-law

George Shipman, from Wellingborough
George Shipman, from Wellingborough

The brother-in-law of a former councillor who died last year has taken part in an epic sporting challenge to raise money in his memory.

George Shipman, a former police officer from Wellingborough, has raised more than £1,100 for Beating Bowel Cancer after his brother-in-law Andrew Bigley, of Wellingborough, lost his battle with bowel cancer last year, aged 48.

Mr Shipman took part in the in the Virgin Active London Triathlon as a tribute to Mr Bigley. The former Wellingborough councillor and businessman raised money for charities by taking part in eight London Marathons and organising charity events.

Mr Shipman said: “It was a terrific day, helped by the fact that the storm predicted to arrive in London up from the English Channel didn’t arrive at the ExCel until I was running the 10k. Unfortunately for other participants, it meant that the organisers had to cancel the last swim section of the day due to the very poor weather conditions. I completed the Olympic Plus triathlon in 4 hours 14 minutes, coming third in my age category. More importantly though, we have raised more than £1,100 for Beating Bowel Cancer and the website remains live for further donations for the next few months.”

To make a donation visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/GeorgeShipman.