Only months ago Bill Bulstrode announced that he was giving up his Framlingham business. Today his shop is still open and he is as busy as ever – on the day the Diss Express caught up with him he had just fitted a carpet and unloaded a delivery lorry –and he is training for his first marathon.
“I never said I was retiring – only giving up the shop,” he said when asked how his life, instead of slowing down, had gone the opposite way.
Mr Bulstrode entered the ballot for a place in the London Marathon last year and, contradicting the people who said he wouldn’t get in at the first attempt, promptly won a place for this year’s event on April 24.
Although he had not been a runner before, he had been going to a gym – fitting it in before work – and started running when he heard he had got a marathon place. He has built up to 14 miles on his long Sunday training sessions.
“The reaction has been amazing. I’ve been chuffed to bits by the encouragement. People have been coming into the shop to put money in a bucket. Today, a delivery driver put in £20.”
He is running for the Alzheimer’s Society – his late-father-in-law was a sufferer – and has raised more than £1,000.
To help him reach his £3,000 target, go to http:/www.justgiving.com/owner-email/pleasesponsor/Bill-Bulstrode