Stiliyan Petrov meets 'Marathon Man' Pete at Villa Park

5th August 2013


Aston Villa fan Pete Gough, 40, completed his epic 310 from Celtic Park in Glasgow to Villa Park on Saturday 3rd August and was warmly greeted by the man who inspired him to do it, the club's ex-captain Stiliyan Petrov.

Pete was exhausted and very emotional as Villa fans who had come along to show their support clapped and cheered as he crossed the finishing line he then hugged his hero, Stiliyan who was waiting for him with a Villa shirt with 'Gough 310 miles' on the back.

"It's incredible to see someone like that doing a challenge like that to help people and make a difference to other people," said Petrov. "I followed him since he started running, he's done it for 13 days - it's a marathon a day - and it's very hard but the difference he has made is fantastic."

Pete was then told Stiliyan had also donated £800 to his Just Giving page, taking him over his £5000 target - you can see his emotional response during a TV interview http://www.itv.com/news/central/story/2013-08-02/petrov-meets-310-mile-runner/

Pete ran the last 26 miles on Saturday, along with 2 other Villa fans, Matt Sidwell and Andy Kite who wanted to show their support for Pete on the last leg of a very long journey.

Last week, as Pete was struggling with injuries and pain, he tweeted @GoughPeteGough "Day 7 done, 210 miles down #hurting."

Stiliyan responded @StanPetrov19 “Keep going buddy, I’ll meet you at the finishing line” to which Pete replied “wow, blown away. Thank you so much #honoured.

Pete's wife Mandi, who had been Pete's support 'Team' for the 2 weeks was also very emotional saying she was very, very proud of her husband's achievement.

Cure Leukamia would like to say a HUGE thank you to Pete and Mandi Gough for their commitment to this amazing challenge over the last 8 months and to Matt Sidwell and Andy Kite for running the last 26 miles with Pete.

Thanks also to Stiliyan Petrov, The Villa Times and Aston Villa Football Club, Paul Reddington and the Sacred Heart Club in Aston for their help and of course, to everyone who supported Pete and made donations.

The money Pete has raised will go towards funding specialist nurses and will help us access over £50,000 of potentially life saving new drugs and treatments for blood cancer patients across the Midlands.

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