ONE man took a step into the unknown and created the Ealing Half Marathon last year, which helped raise nearly £150,000 for charity, writes Jane Harrison.
Kelvin Walker, 41, who has raised £10,000 from three previous London Marathons, was nominated by his event co-ordinator, Sandra Courtney.
She said: “He worked tirelessly for 18 months to create the Ealing Half Marathon, a great event for the community. He is also involved in the Pitshanger Community Association as well as helping the PTA as treasurer at his daughter’s primary school.
“He gives so much to Ealing and is also just a really nice chap.
“He juggles all this with family life and still finds time to run with the Ealing Eagles and provide free coaching services to their members who require it. I don’t know where he gets the time or energy.”
Kelvin, of Pendlewood Close, Ealing, said: “With the Olympics coming up I thought, ‘why not Ealing?’
“I didn’t now how to start so I spoke to the council leader, who is quite sporty, and got his support and we were off.
“I had lots of help from the Ealing Eagles, the council, the police and we got fantastic feedback.”
More than 4,000 people took part, taking in as many parks as possible, and Kelvin is now knee-deep in planning this year’s half marathon.
He admits last year was quite a challenge, and at one point it was under threat of being called off after a car crashed into a lamppost en route. He said: “It was quite daunting when I look back, especially after the crash an hour before the race.
“We just got people to move the car and bend the lamppost the other way.
“A lot of people ran who would never have done before, because it was on their doorstep.
“I loved people doing something together. It was something to be proud of. We already have 1,300 people signed up for this year.”