A Chester postman will have someone very special on his mind when he runs this year’s Virgin London Marathon.
Hadyn Johnson had the kind of relationship with his brother Rob that most siblings hope to have, they saw each other and their families on a regular basis, treated each other as best friends, and Rob was even going to be Hadyn’s best man at his brother’s wedding in July 2010.
But the whole family was devastated when Rob, a loving father of two, died suddenly of a pulmonary embolism just three months before Hadyn’s big day at the age of just 43.
Keen to keep his brother’s memory alive, Hadyn, who is originally from Tattenhall but commutes to his job at Chester’s Royal Mail depot on Station Road from his home in Prestatyn, also wants to do his bit for charity, and it’s for this reason he signed up for the 26.2 mile marathon.
He told The Chronicle: “I’ve become a bit addicted to running - since last May I’ve run a number of 10k races, and the Conwy, Llandudno, Anglesey and Liverpool Half Marathons. I have really got the running bug and am always talking about signing up for new races.
“I’m excited about running the London Marathon on April 26 for the British Lung Foundation in memory of Rob, I was very close to him. We were more like best mates than brothers and were completely devastated when he died. He was a very loving father, adored his children and they loved him to bits and miss him like crazy.
“Rob was extremely popular in Tattenhall where we were born and raised and was also a very much loved son to my parents as well as being the best brother to me and our sister Melanie.”
Hadyn needed to raise £1750 to guarantee a place in his marathon team but now he has surpassed the target, he is keen to kick on and raise as much money as he can for the charity so close to his heart.
“They are an amazing charity that don’t receive the publicity they should so I would like to raise as much as I can,” explained Hadyn. “I still work the delivery round in Tattenhall that I have done for 20 years so I am very well known in the village and my customers there have been so generous with their donations and positive messages, as have my work collegues at Royal Mail, Station Road and my friends in Tattenhall, Chester, Prestatyn and elsewhere,” he added.
To donate to Hadyn’s cause, visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=HADYNJOHNSON
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