Run­ner clocks up his best time in char­ity half marathon

Macclesfield Express - - WHAT'S ON -

A RUN­NER who took up the sport to raise money for char­ity has achieved his per­sonal best time for a half marathon.

Peter Boul­ton, 68, from Pott Shrigley, be­gan run­ning to raise money for The Christie char­ity, which cared for his late part­ner Mar­garet Hughes be­fore she died from breast can­cer five years ago.

Now he has com­pleted his fourth half marathon and has his sights set on more.

He said: “It was my daugh­ter who per­suaded me to do the Great North­ern Run to raise money for The Christie. I had never run one be­fore. I wouldn’t say I ab­so­lutely love it, but I en­joy the chal­lenge and the sense of achieve­ment at the end.”

He added: “Some­times when I’ve been go­ing through the pain bar­ri­ers on these long dis­tance runs I’ve thought ‘I’m do­ing this for a heck of a good cause’ and that’s helped.”

So far Peter and the fam­ily have raised enough money for the Mar­garet Hughes Hope Trib­ute Fund to qual­ify for a bronze leaf on the ‘Tree of Hope’ at The Christie Hos­pi­tal.

Peter and daugh­ter Tansy Wil­son’s latest run­ning chal­lenge was to take part in the Rock n’ Roll Liver­pool Half Marathon, which Peter com­pleted in 2hrs 17m 9s.

Also this week, the fam­ily have cel­e­brated the Chris­ten­ing of Mar­garet’s new­est grand­daugh­ter Sophia Lily Hughes, who will be bap­tised at the same church where Mar­garet’s fu­neral was held.

Peter said: “It’s a poignant time, with my late part­ner Mar­garet Hughes’ latest grand­daugh­ter be­ing chris­tened at St Christo­pher’s church, Pott Shrigley.

“This is the same church where Mar­garet’s fu­neral ser­vice took place fol­low­ing her cre­ma­tion five years ago.”

Mar­garet’s mem­ory con­tin­ues through The Christie Hope Fund’s web­site. Pro­ceeds are specif­i­cally for breast can­cer re­search.

To do­nate go to hope­funds.christies.org/ funds/mar­garethughes.

●● Peter achieved his per­sonal best time with the sup­port of daugh­ter Tansy

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