Warming up for a special run challenge

Peter Boddy
Peter Boddy

A 26-MILE marathon is a daunting prospect for anyone but for Peter Boddy it presents a special challenge.

Peter, from Hampden Park, has multiple sclerosis and walks with the aid of a stick but next month he will take part in the Brighton Marathon.

When Peter lines up with thousands of others on April 10, his target will be not to finish in hours - but three days.

The 46-year-old is aiming to raise £5,000 for the Eastbourne and South Wealden branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

He is no stranger to daring fundraising challenges, having completed a sponsored parachute jump two years ago, but this is his first attempt at an endurance event.

“I’m not quite sure what made me enter the marathon. It seemed like a good idea at the time,” said Peter.

“I’m just hoping to raise as much as possible for our MS Society branch which helps hundreds of people with the condition.”

Peter, who was diagnosed with MS five years ago, will have support along the way from his wife and sons, and from MS branch members.

He has also bought a trolley which will provide him with a seat when he becomes tired.

Peter plans to get as far as he can each day and will be staying overnight with friends in Brighton.

People can contribute to Peter’s charity target by logging on to the fundraising website www.justgiving.com/Peter-Boddy

Alternatively, they call in at the MS Day Centre at MAP House, St Leonards Road, and add their name to a sponsorship form.