Peter Walton takes on 150-mile walk for Doddie Weir in his LIVING ROOM
Former Scotland international Peter Walton forced to complete 150-mile walk for Doddie Weir’s Foundation in his LIVING ROOM after his daughter test positive for coronavirus
- Walton pledged to walk 150 miles to raise money for Doddie Weir’s foundation
- He had to stop at 100 miles to isolate as his daughter contracted coronavirus
- Walton has been trying to complete laps of his house to reach his 150-mile goal
- He says it would mean the ‘absolute world’ to complete the challenge for Weir
Former Scotland international and head of Gloucester Rugby’s academy, Peter Walton, has been thrust into the unusual circumstance of completing his 150-mile challenge for Doddie Weir’s Foundation from his living room.
Walton pledged to walk 150 miles to raise money for My Name’5 Doddie Foundation between January 1 and February 6.
However, Walton was forced to stop just before 100 miles to isolate following his daughter’s positive coronavirus test.
Peter Walton (R) pledged to walk 150 miles to raise money for Doddie Weir’s (L) foundation
Walton embarked on the Doddie Active Inter-District (Aid) Challenge with his wife Diana and daughter Lucy at the beginning of January.
The challenge is based around the five former Scottish rugby districts – North & Midlands, South of Scotland, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Exiles – and encourages people to align themselves with one district to clock up some miles.
Rugby internationals Rory Lawson, Jim Hamilton and Andy Nicol are among those who have also pledged to contribute. While actor Gerard Butler and TV presenter Lorraine Kelly have also signed up to the challenge.
Walton embarked on the Doddie Active Inter-District (Aid) Challenge with his wife Diana (middle) and daughter Lucy (left) at the beginning of January but had to stop to isolate
Walton and his family reached 91 miles each before Lucy’s positive test required them to isolate.
Walton says completing the challenge means the ‘absolute world’ to him and that he has refused to give up on his target.
The former Scotland international has taken to walking laps of the house to make up the shortfall, but claims he has made little progress.
‘I tried to walk in the house and I did half a mile but it took me about an hour and a half. I haven’t got a big house, but I was trying to make detours and I was trying to walk in circles,’ Walton told Sportsmail.
‘Today, I am going to walk around the outside of the house – which I am allowed to do – and try and get a mile done today.’
Weir (above) announced he had been diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2017
Walton (M) played alongside Weir for the Newcastle Falcons and the Scottish rugby union side
Having struggled to clock up many miles from home, Walton has called on the public to help finish his 150-mile challenge.
He said: ‘It was an idea to put it out to the public and friends. It’s been unbelievable. We’ve had a lot of people tweeting and asking how to register. So, Lucy set something up through Loughborough University for people to clock their miles.’
Walton has been blown away by the response, saying: ‘We are going to break our challenge. I think yesterday we had 250 miles completed between 50 people. So, that’s all going to help towards the Doddie Aid and the Doddie foundation.’
Weir – who played alongside Walton for Newcastle Falcons and the Scottish rugby union side – announced he had been diagnosed with MND in 2017.
He later launched My Name’5 Doddie Foundation, which aims to fund research and make grants to those diagnosed with MND to enable them to live as fulfilled a life as possible.
Both Walton and Weir grew up farms in Galashiels and Walton says it means the world to complete the Doddie Active Inter-District (Aid) Challenge for his former team-mate and friend
Walton says it’s ‘quite emotional’ to be able to help Doddie raise funds for research into the causes of MND and investigate potential cures.
He said: ‘It means the absolute world. Rugby is a funny old one, you’ve got your friends and they become your close friends. You go through a lot of ups and downs with them and it means the world to help him and help raise awareness for the MND.
‘It’s quite emotional. When I see Doddie and when I speak to Doddie, it does get quite emotional. We’ve gone through a lot of ups and downs together on the rugby pitch. Our families know our families.
‘He has three sons and it’s very tough on them and I feel for them. It’s very difficult to see a poor chap who was the life and soul of everything suddenly lose muscle and struggle swallow etc.
‘But Doddie is so positive. He’s the most positive man in the world and the reason people want to help him is because you never hear of anyone having a bad word to say about him.
‘People do things for people who they think are nice, good people.’
You can donate to Walton’s fundraising effort here or contribute some miles towards his goal here.
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