EXHAUSTED but proud, a loving son has completed an epic challenge in memory of his late mother.
Peter Alton yesterday crossed the final finishing line in a gruelling three-year 25 marathon journey to raise money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer and the Bobby Moore Fund.
The 48-year-old, of Wagtail Road, Catherington, began and finished the incredible challenge with the Portsmouth Waterside Marathon, which yesterday took him seven hours, 24 minutes, and 59 seconds.
On a windswept seafront in Southsea, Peter was emotional as he reached the finishing point. His five-year-old son Christian joined him for the last 50 yards and he was cheered on by wife Eden.
Peter said: ‘There have been times when I’ve thought, “I really don’t think I can do this.”
‘But with all the positivity I’ve been getting it made it impossible to pull out. I’ve been last and near the back in most of them and they take me about six and a half to seven hours but that doesn’t matter, I’m just so pleased to get through them.’
He added: ‘It was very long – it seemed longer than 26 miles.
‘I feel quite emotional and glad to get through the 25 marathons.
‘The last mile I always think about my mum.’
Peter wasn’t even a jogger before his mother Peggy died of breast cancer in 2008, having previously beaten bowel cancer. She was a single mum and Peter was an only child.
They were extremely close and her death left Peter devastated. So, even though he is 6ft and weighs 15st – and he’d never done any running before – he set himself a feat befitting of the woman she was.
He said; ‘I think my mum would be proud but would also think I’m a little bit crazy as well. I’ve got aches and pains everywhere but it is exhilarating to finish.’
Peter said Portsmouth remained his favourite marathon out of the 25.
But he said: ‘We had every condition possible out there.
‘It was tough.’
His quickest time was in Nottingham at five hours and the most gruelling was the hills of Beachy Head, finishing in seven-and-a-half hours.
More than £3,000 has been raised for charity by his efforts.
THE COMPLETED MARATHONS
1. Portsmouth Waterside Marathon December 2010
2. Sussex Marathon Festival April 2011
3. South Downs Marathon June 2011
4. Robin Hood Marathon Nottingham September 2011
5. Portsmouth Waterside Marathon December 2011
6. Sussex Marathon Festival April 2012
7. Brighton Marathon April 2012
8. North Dorset Marathon May 2012
9. Edinburgh Marathon May 2012
10. Wales Marathon June 2012
11. Wolverhampton City Marathon September 2012
12. Farnham Pilgrim Marathon September 2012
13. Beachy Head Marathon 27th 2012
14. Portsmouth Waterside Marathon December 2012
15. Sunrise to Sunset Ultra Marathon Telford December 2012
16. Brighton Marathon April 2013
17. Bewl Water Marathon May 2013
18. Edinburgh Marathon May 2013
19. Kent Roadrunner Marathon June 2013
20. Giants Head Marathon June 2013
21. Bacchus Marathon September 2013
22. Bournemouth Marathon October 2013
23. Brentwood Marathon October 2013
24. South Downs 30 Mile Challenge November 2013
25. Portsmouth Waterside Marathon December 2013