Dad fights pain barrier to take on half marathon

editorial image

A bad back and arthritis is not stopping a determined dad from running the Glasgow half marathon for a charity close to his heart.

Peter Watt lost his mum, dad, and sister-in-law to cancer and is raising cash for Cancer Research UK.

The 40-year-old is a driver team manager at Glasgow Queen Street Station and has received £500 towards his fundraising total from First Group, ScotRail’s parent company.

He will take on the Great Scottish run half marathon next month with his son Stephen Watt (21), a conductor based at Stirling station.

Peter, from Bishopbriggs, ran the full Glasgow marathon in 1986 at the age of 22 with some colleagues before completing the city’s half marathon a few years later.

The dad-of-three said: “I usually run the odd 20 minutes when I go to the gym, but haven’t done anything like a half marathon for many years.

“I thought applying to FirstGroup for funding would make a big difference to the charity and to my fundraising efforts, and I was delighted when my application was accepted.

“A combination of things made me decide to do the half marathon. I pulled a muscle in my back earlier in the year and was then diagnosed with sciatica. I could hardly walk, never mind run.

“Also, around the same time, I was told I had arthritis in both my big toe joints, which had been causing me some pain.

“I had always kept myself reasonably fit, but I was beginning to feel like I was falling to pieces. I decided that I would go back to the gym, which has also helped my back.”

The Great Scottish Run 10k and half-marathon take place on Sunday, October 6.

To find out more about Peter’s challenge and to sponsor him, visit www.justgiving.com/peter-watt

* Have you got a story, picture or comment? E-mail kirkyherald@jnscotland.co.uk

Alternatively you can call the newsdesk 0141 775 0040, find us on Facebook or visit us on Twitter

Or you can log in below and have you say on the site...