Marathon memory for mother

Peter Clegg, who is taking part in the Great North Run to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
Peter Clegg, who is taking part in the Great North Run to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

A Brighouse man who developed a love for running following last year’s Olympic Games will embark on a half marathon challenge in memory of his late mother whom he lost the same month that sport was reintroduced to his life.

Twenty-eight year-old Peter Clegg will compete at the Great North Run which takes place on September 15.

Peter and his mum Julie

Peter and his mum Julie

The customer service representative will be raising funds for the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) association – a charity very close to his heart due to his mum Julie suffering from the disease which tragically led to her death aged 53.

Peter said: I’m relatively new to running. I was relatively inactive for a number of years. Nowadays I’ve rediscovered my interest in running it’s partly inspired by who I’m running for.”

He said further inspiration had come from London 2012.

He explained what his mum went through: “It affects the nervous system. You’re still very much aware of what’s going on but you lose feeling in your legs, in your arms – it’s quite an aggressive disease. In the end it very much incapacitates the sufferer. The MND Association were very supportive throughout.”

To sponsor Peter visit justgiving.com/Peter-Clegg1