Runner clocks up his best time in charity half marathon
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