Marathon runs for Northampton man to raise money for a charity close to his heart

Mary Malin
Mary Malin

A man is planning to run the London Marathon, two half marathons and a military obstacle course for a motor neurone disease charity on behalf of his mother.

Peter Malin, of Balmoral Road in Kingsthorpe, Northampton, is raising funds for Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) after his mother, Mary, was diagnosed with the degenerative disease last year.

Originally from Acre Lane in Kingsthorpe, Mrs Malin, aged 70, is in Cynthia Spencer Hospice after doctors said last weekend that she may have only days left to live.

Mr Malin, aged 44, said: “It’s too late for my mum, but it’s important to support research that could help others in the future.

“There is no known cause or cure for the disease, but that doesn’t mean we should stop trying to find them.”

In this aim, Mr Malin will be running the London Marathon next April, the Northampton Half Marathon in September, the Leighton Buzzard Half Marathon in November, and the Burghley House “Dirty Weekend” next May.

He is already almost £2,000 into raising his minimum target of £3,000 and has been helped by his stepdaughter, Megan, and his father, Ken.

Mr Malin said: “We are a close family and it’s sad to know that mum and dad might not make their 50th wedding anniversary this year.”

Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a progressive disease that attacks the motor neurones, or nerves, in the brain and spinal cord. This means messages gradually stop reaching muscles, eventually causing paralysis.

MND most commonly affects adults aged 50-70. Statistically, one in every 50,000 people will be affected, with cases occurring twice as often in men than woman.

To help Mr Malin’s efforts to support Northampton-based charity, MNDA, visit