Best friends of Tom Edwards, who went missing for five days before his body was found in Chippenham last summer, are running the Bath Half Marathon in his memory.
Jason King, from Chippenham, was due to run the half marathon with his close friend Tom Edwards for The Forever Friends Appeal at the Royal United Hospital, Bath to raise funds to help build a new Cancer Centre for the hospital.
Mr King comments: “Tom’s death was devastating for all of his friends and family. We were due to run the half marathon together so I thought it was only right to carry on and do it.”
He will be joined by three other close friends, Tom Wilmot, Will Walder and Michael Freegard who are all raising funds for The Forever Friends Appeal charity at the RUH. Mr King said: “We were very close. We went on holiday together and went out together all the time. We will all be thinking about Tom when we are running.”
Events & Community Officer for The Forever Friends Appeal, Jo Hones comments: “We are really touched that four of Tom’s closest friends have decided to run the Bath Half for The Forever Friends Appeal because Tom isn’t here to run it himself.”
Tom Edwards, 32, went missing after a night out in Swindon on June 28 and was found by the side of the railway line after a five-day search. Mr Edwards’ brother Will, who is also running the Bath Half Marathon with a group of about 20 gym users, will be raising money for the Wiltshire search and rescue charity WILSAR.
*Picture gazette and herald – Front, Jason King, Will Edwards, with his son Jude, three, and Ed Grace with the group from First Step Gym who are running in memory of Tom Edwards