Epic triathlon bid for charity

Julliette and George Shipman
Julliette and George Shipman

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

Andrew Bigley, of Wellingborough, lost his battle with bowel cancer last year, aged 48. The former Wellingborough councillor and businessman raised money for charities by taking part in eight London Marathons and organising charity events.

George Shipman, a former police officer from Wellingborough, who is married to Mr Bigley’s sister, is preparing to pay tribute to his memory by taking part in the Virgin Active London Triathlon to raise money for the Beating Bowel Cancer charity.

On September 22, he will swim 1,500m in the Royal Victoria Dock, followed by a 90k bike ride and a 10k road race to the finishing line.

He said: “Andy loved sporting challenges as a means of raising money for charity and I will attempt the cycle leg on his old racing bike. His memory will spur me on – he always kept going.”

A charity ball is also planned for December 7 at Sywell Aerodrome to coincide with what would have been Mr Bigley’s 50th birthday.

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