Marathon journey to work for Peter

Peter Connor, who is running from his home in Todmorden to the Trafford Centre to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation
Peter Connor, who is running from his home in Todmorden to the Trafford Centre to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation

FOR many people the daily commute to work can be a grind, but one man’s journey to the office next week will be an epic challenge.

Peter Connor will run from his Todmorden home to the Trafford Centre, where he works, on Wednesday, April 18, to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation.

Peter, 27, is embarking on the marathon to mark the first anniversary of the end of his treatment for a heart condition.

In 2010, he fell ill and doctors diagnosed he was suffering from atrial fibrillation.

The condition saw his pulse rate race up to 250 beats per minute and he would often collapse due to the strain being placed on his heart.

His wife, Sharon, said it has been a difficult time.

“I used to come home from work and find him on the floor,” she said.

“He had a year off work. We struggled for money but he has now gone back to work.”

Peter has undergone several rounds of surgery over the past couple of years, including having a pace maker fitted, and is now fit and healthy again.

Sharon said: “Since his last surgery in May 2011, there has been a big improvement.

“Peter once ran to the Trafford Centre and he decided to do that again to celebrate now he is better.

“He has been training and running ever night. He is very excited.

“He didn’t think he would get such a good response but the support from family and friends has been amazing.”

Peter is aiming to complete the run in four hours.

He has raised more than £500 so far, and hopes to generate even more sponsorship over the coming days.

He was planning to do the run in May but has moved it forward a few weeks as he and Sharon are expecting a baby next month.

Justin Webb, press officer at the Trafford Centre, said: “We will all be waiting for Peter to arrive on the day.

“There will be special interest from the staff who have helped Peter over the years.”

For more information or to sponsor Peter, visit www.justgiving.com/peter-connor.