A Luthrie man is in training for the challenge of a lifetime to raise funds for a cause close to his heart.
Peter Darbyshire, of Colluthie Farm, will take part in the London Marathon on April 26 and is aiming to raise £5000 in sponsorship for the charity Children with Cancer
He’s been inspired by his niece Persia Honar, who was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, when she was just 11.
Persia spent a year in the Sick Kids Hospital in Edinburgh, undergoing surgery and gruelling chemptherapy.
Now 18 and about to start university, she’s thankfully made a recovery but has to return to Edinburgh from her home in Bahrain for annual check-ups.
Former civil engineer Peter, who’ll turn 58 three days before the big race, only took up marathon running two years ago but already has raised money for cancer charities by taking part in events such as the Great Northern Run and the Loch Ness Marathon. Tragically, his wife Paula died of breast cancer 10 years ago.
This is Peter’s first London Marathon and he’s putting in some serious training with the aim of finishing the race in under three and-a-half hours.
He can often be seen running on the country roads of Luthrie and Brunton as well as in Gauldry, Wormit and Newburgh - usually accompanied by his daughter Sally, who’s in training for her first Loch Ness Marathon in September, and his faithful pet dog Beano.
Peter has set up a charity page at www.virginmoneygiving.com/PeterDarbyshire1 and hopes local businesses and individuals will help him reach his £5000 target.
He said: “I’ll be grateful for all donations and hope to see and be seen by sponsors on my training runs up to the big day.”
More than 1000 runners will be taking part on behalf of Children with Cancer and will embrace the theme ‘Superheroes’. www.childrenwithcancer.org.uk