Pete's pounding the street for Comic Relief
You may have spotted him running the streets of March in his bright red T-shirt and wondered why?
Well, the answer is simple – dad-of-two Peter Leet is completing a mammoth challenge in the name of charity and it involves running the distance between John O’Groats in Scotland and Land’s End in Cornwall.
The 33-year-old former chef at the Lamb and Flag in Welney, who now works at analysis firm ALS Global in Chatteris, has been on the run for the past 77 days.
He has been lacing up his shoes and running 10 miles a day towards his 874-mile target.
Peter started the challenge on March 1 and is due to complete it on May 26 – a total of 87 running days.
The task is made even more remarkable by the fact Peter, who is married to Kirsty and has has a five-year-old daughter Cora and a three-year-old son Ned, only took up running last year.
He said: “I have always fancied doing something for charity and I liked the idea or running from John O’Groats to Land’s End but I really cannot afford to take the amount of time off work that would involve.
“So I came up with the idea of running the same distance but in manageable chunks, without having to travel any where to do it. Ten miles a day is a decent challenge without being too over the top.
“I mostly run around the West End Park area and the town centre streets. I post my runs on a Facebook page I set up so people can monitor my progress, and I can vent my feelings!
“I’ve a problem with my ankles, which stopped me from doing a lot of exercise, but I started walking and built up to running.
“I try to fit the runs around work and the children and it is working well so far.
“My wife Kirsty is very supportive, especially as I’m losing weight and getting into shape.
“I wasn’t able to do anything like this before because I was working long hours as a chef and there just wasn’t the time.
“I’ve always supported Comic Relief, I like the fact it helps children in this country and abroad and I think I’m getting soppy in my old age and so I decided to do something more.
“It has been tough and sometimes a bit tedious as it can take up to two hours to complete the day’s run – time I could be sitting on my butt – but the end is in sight now.
“Hopefully my family and friends and anyone else will turn up on May 26 to see me complete the run.
“I would like to raise around £874 as that seems an appropriate amount because of the distance I’m running.
“People can donate by following the links on the Facebook page ‘Pete’s big run for Comic Relief’. It would be great if I could hit the target and help such a worthwhile charity.”
To follow Peter’s progress or to sponsor his efforts visit: www.facebook.com/Petes-Big-Run-For-Comic-Relief-340022933270949/