A new start for Peter after his epic journey

Peter Connor and wife Sharon at the Trafford Centre's Great Hall after he completed his marathon to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation
Peter Connor and wife Sharon at the Trafford Centre's Great Hall after he completed his marathon to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation

AN EMPLOYEE has raised more than £1,200 for charity by completing a marathon journey to work.

Peter Connor, 27, ran from his Todmorden home to the Trafford Centre, Manchester, to mark the first anniversary of the end of his treatment for a heart condition.

Peter completed the route in four hours and 45 minutes, which saw him battle the rain and a injured ankle, and has raised £1,220 so far for the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

“It was fantastic,” he said.

“The doctors told me I would not be able to have chocolate, drink alcohol or be able to exercise again, so it feels great to complete this.

“I wanted to do something and raise money for the BHF. I only expected to get £100 but everybody has been great.

“It’s all down to them.”

After setting off from his home on Bacup Road, Peter ran to Shade School, where children and staff lined the playground to wave banners and flags.

“Shade have been really supportive,” he said.

“They gave me support at the beginning, as did my family, friends and colleagues at the Carphone Warehouse.”

After visiting the school, Peter ran through Littleborough, Rochdale, Heywood, Prestwich, Pendlebury and Eccles before arriving at the Trafford Centre, where supporters gathered to cheer him across the finish line.

In 2010 Peter was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. He underwent several rounds of surgery, including having a pace maker fitted, and is now fit and healthy again.

“I did the run once before my heart problems, so I just wanted to prove I could do it again,” he said.

“It’s all down to the support of my friends and family. They have been great through it all.

“It’s brilliant how everybody has rallied round.”

Peter’s wife, Sharon, and a friend followed him along the route in a car to provide morale support.

She is very proud of her husband’s efforts.

“He did really well,” she said.

“He is really pleased with his time, especially with him hurting his ankle. He just aches now.

She thanked everybody who supported Peter along the way, especially those at Shade School - “it was just the push he needed at the beginning” - and the Trafford Centre.

“He got a warm welcome from the Trafford Centre, which was brilliant,” she said.

“His mum was crying.”

After completing the run, Peter and Sharon, who are expecting a baby next month, were presented with a gift by a British Heart Foundation representative.

“She gave us a baby photo album,” Sharon said.

“She said the first photo in it should be of the two of us at the finish line as it symbolises the start of our new life.”