A SON has set himself an epic challenge in a bid to overcome the grief of losing his beloved mother.
Peter Alton was left devastated when mum Peggy passed away two years ago from breast cancer.
She was a single mum and he was her only child so they were extremely close.
The 45-year-old, of Wagtail Close, Horndean, decided he needed something to focus on and so decided to run four marathons in a year for two cancer charities.
He said: ‘At 45, I am 6ft and weigh over 15st so running is exceptionally hard.
‘In May last year I decided to run for my mum and all the other people who are affected by this disease.
‘That means not only the people who have lost their fight, or the people bravely battling at this moment, but also the families and friends who have to suffer too.
Mr Alton set himself the goal of raising cash for Cancer Research UK and the Bobby Moore Fund – two charities close to his heart.
In the past year he has run several half marathons and completed the Portsmouth Coastal Marathon in December.
He will run the Sussex Marathon, in April, South Downs Marathon, in June, the Isle of Wight Marathon, in October and Portsmouth Waterside Marathon, in December. He said: ‘I lost my mum on the August 8, 2008. She was 76. I had recently become a dad, my son Christian was only six months old and my mum adored him.
‘I am just so glad she got to hold him even for such a short time.’ To sponsor Mr Alton go to virginmoneygiving.com/team/run4cancer.