Divine inspiration for revved-up reverend who swapped dog collars

Peter White
Peter White

DOGGED determination helped a retired minister to conquer a half-marathon and raise a phenomenal amount for a cause close to his heart.

Retired minister Peter White (69) went the distance after being inspired by three months of runs with beloved dog Monty.

The pair are a familiar sight in and around Torrance, where friends and members of the parish church have been rallying round.

Peter completed the Crathes Half Marathon on September 14 and has raised more than £5,500 for Mental Health Research (MHR) UK – a staggering amount and well beyond his expectations.

He was supported on the day by daughter Naomi – who also ran the half-marathon – and his wife Liz.

Peter said: “I thoroughly enjoyed the run for the first eight miles, but the knees and hips started to object so for the last four miles or so I just focussed on some future situation where because of MHR a boy and his parents would be spared what we’ve known, and I kept going for their sake.

“I managed to keep almost exactly to nine-minute miles the whole time, which was extremely satisfying.

“Liz was a terrific support on the day and full of tender solicitude when I was close to tears at the end.

“Then she insisted I copy Andy Murray and have a cold bath – full – and kept me in there for nearly 10 minutes. But I’m sure it helped recovery!

“Going downstairs the next day or two was sore, but I’m reasonably recovered and did 4 and 1/2 miles recently – seems a shame to lose the fitness.”

Peter ran with his faithful pet for the first 12 weeks, but once his distances went beyond five miles, Monty – who has hip dysplasia – preferred to stay in the house.

But Peter added: “He was a great companion and help for the first three months of training.”

Donations have been pouring in online – www.justgiving.com/revcpw – and through friends, family and Torrance Parish Church.

“That’s very moving and it’s what makes the pain totally worth it,” said Peter.

“It is very impressive indeed that MHR UK is administered without anyone taking a salary. That’s the sort of charity we need to get behind.”

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