Athlete still “seriously ill”

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A VETERAN javelin thrower remains seriously ill in hospital after collapsing at an athletics meeting.

St Helens Sutton Athletics Club stalwart Ken Williams suffered a heart attack at a throws meeting in Wrexham on September 25 and was rushed to the nearby Maelor Hospital.

The popular 65-year-old, of Clock Face, was subsequently transferred to Walton Neurological Centre - where he has now had a tracheotomy operation to assist with his breathing after a build up of fluid on his lungs.

Club chairman Colin Spark also confirmed that Mr Williams remains “seriously ill” and is under “constant care and observation”.

Mr Williams, who also competes in the discus and 100 metres in the veterans category, collapsed in the changing rooms after telling pals he felt unwell.

His mother and father, aged 89 and 91 respectively, have been keeping a bedside vigil.

Colin Spark said: “All the members have been asking after Ken at every training session. We’re all praying for some good news.”