London Marathon: Fareham council boss completes circuit to raise funds for Rainbow Centre

Peter Grimwood with his son Jake (left) and Chris
Peter Grimwood with his son Jake (left) and Chris

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FAREHAM’S council chief Peter Grimwood was one of four runners who took on the 26-mile challenge to raise money for a charity in need.

The group – Peter Grimwood, Philip Blakebrough, Ali Davies and Dom Lewis -– were raising cash for one of the mayor of Fareham’s chosen charities – the Rainbow Centre, in Fareham.

The centre supports children with cerebral palsy and adults with a stroke, MS, Parkinson’s, cerebral palsy and head injuries and it put out a desperate plea a few week’s ago saying that it faced going under if it couldn’t find £150,000.

The charity has now raised £118,000.

Mr Grimwood raised more than £5,000 in sponsorship alone. It was Mr Grimwood’s second marathon.

He said: ‘I did it six years ago when I was 50 and at the time I told myself “never ever again!” So why am I mad enough to do it again? Well, I had just enough time to recover but more importantly I’m doing it for a really good cause.

‘The Rainbow Centre works to improve the quality of life for people with conditions such as Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis or cerebral palsy. They also work with people who’ve had a stroke or head injury.

‘Most of us know someone, either a relative, friend or a friend of a friend, who’s been affected by one of these conditions. Whether it’s providing physiotherapy or supporting families, the Rainbow Centre really makes a difference.’

The sun shone for Sunday’s race and there was a warm 11 degrees centigrade for the start.

He added: ‘The weather was a bit hot, but all the training I did paid off and I didn’t hit the wall. The crowds were fantastic and my sons cheered me on from the sidelines.’

To sponsor Peter, go to uk.virginmoneygiving.com/PeterGrimwood