More than 14 years ago, Peter Hutchinson’s brother, Paul, who was suffering from terminal cancer, said to him: “Pete, if there is anything you have always wanted to do and always put off until next week, next month or next year, do it NOW, or you could end up like me, with those things never done!”
Peter’s reply was that he had always wanted to run a marathon, although never having run further than 5km since his school days, 30 years previously, it was not very likely!
However, suitably inspired, along with his 3 sons and 2 nieces, Peter ran his first full marathon in 2005 in honor of his brother’s memory.
But Peter didn’t stop there! And on the 20th of May 2018 he completed his 100th 42km, full marathon, ”The Windermere” in the UK Lake District, to go with more than 130 half marathons and 80+ other races, over the intervening years! (That's him above being held by friends.)
In early 2017, Peter was injured for a while and perhaps it is no coincidence that his daughter, baby Willow, who accompanied him across the finish line in Windermere, came along in the following October, more than 30 years after his youngest son!
Peter is hoping to raise a total of $10,000 and has committed to double the amount donated, so hopefully there will be at least $20,000 going to Christel House funds.
Over the years, Peter has raised in excess of $250,000 for various charities, mainly for Christel House through his running, twice completing the Comrades Double Marathon in South Africa!
“Sometimes the urge to stop running has become almost overwhelming," Peter says. "But the children of Christel House have always provided the inspiration to keep on going! Their achievements and those of their teachers, will always outshine mine and I am honoured to have been able to help in my own small way!”