Peter Chittenden

Peter Chittenden  is 79 from Middleton-on-Sea and runs for Bognor Regis Tone Zone Runners.

How many Mid Sussex Marathons have you run?

I think to date I have run in 4 MSMs since 2012 and all being well, will do so again this year.

 When and why did you start running?

I played local village football up until 42 years of age, at the same time I tried golf for around 2 years but could not hack it. When watching the 1st London Marathon on TV in 1981, I thought I would like to give that a go, so set about getting fit and ran the 2nd London Marathon in 1982 and the 1st Original Edinburgh Marathon also in 1982,and from then on was hooked on running and have been ever since.

Do you have any notable achievements?

I have run abroad several times, in Malta, Austria, Spain, Holland, France, Belgium and Italy at Venice Marathon, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and all over England. Last year, 2016, I ran 45 races and 46 5k Parkruns

 What has been your proudest moment?

I have a few:

  • Running the 100 Mile Himalaya Challenge in 2010 (5 races of different distances and at altitude from 6000ft to 12,000ft within 5 days) and being awarded with the Senior Male Trophy
  • Running my first Ultra Race 40 miles in 2013
  • Running the International 10 Mile Snowdon race in 2012, up to the Summit and back down
  • Running 62 Races in the Year in 2012.

What advice can you offer to other runners?

If anyone is considering giving running a go then I would suggest they simply start walking, then on to a gentle jog, and slowly increase your pace as you get more comfortable. Talk to other runners, get in touch with a local running club, and try your local Parkrun: a 5k run every Sat at 9.00am, free to enter walk/run; no pressure, no time limit.

I have a few bits of advice for experienced runners:

  • Listen to the support, encouragement, help and advice from fellow runners, as there is always another goal to achieve.
  • If age has slowed you up but you still enjoy running then keep going; it may take longer to finish a race but you still run the same distance as the faster runners.

 How do you manage your body?

In April 2012 I was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer that had spread to my bones. I have been on all sorts of treatment since then and am still fighting it. With Doctor’s permission I run to get back at my Cancer.

Peter Chittenden

Peter Chittenden finishing the Haywards Heath 10 Mile in 2016, receiving his medal from (left to right) Martin Burke (Race Director), Sujan Wickremaratchi (Haywards Heath Town Mayor), Mims Davies (Race Founder and MP for Eastleigh)