Kinloch Centre gets a running start

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The ‘Running Rector’ as Peter Murphy was once known, has completed his challenge to run the Edinburgh Marathon in aid of the Kinloch Centre Project.

Former teacher and councillor Peter (83) is chair of the project and on Sunday he completed the marathon in a respectable five hours and 37 minutes.

Although much sponsorship has still to be collected it is understood that somewhere in the region of £1,000 will go towards the building of a community hub for Carnoustie on the site of the former Kinloch Primary School.

Peter said: “I’m glad to report that I eventually completed the marathon, but not without some stressful moments!”

He was helped in his challenge by daughter-in-law Jane who accompanied him in the second half of the marathon providing him with energy gels and encouragement.

Peter added: “As I ran the last 200 metres or so, I managed to put in a really good sprint finish and Jane, who was a wee bit in front of me, shouted to the official who was doing a commentary on runners as they crossed the line that the impressive looking athlete who was now approaching the finishing line was none other than Peter Murphy from Carnoustie in his eighty-second year doing the Marathon for a local charity.

“That evoked a big round of applause from the large number of people who were still there to welcome home the participants.”

Peter is no stranger to running for charity, while rector at Whitfield High School in the 1980s he earned the moniker the Running Rector after completing a number of sponsored long-distance challenges.

Anybody who has sponsorship money for Peter can hand it in to The Haven charity shop on Dundee Street.

The Kinloch Centre Project will be running a car boot sale on the village green at the Kinloch site on Saturday, June 7, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., call Peter on 01241 852106 to book a pitch, cars are £5, vans £10.