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Stiliyan Petrov greets marathon man after 310-mile charity run

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An Aston Villa fan has completed a 310-mile run from Celtic Park to Villa Park in honour of former captain Stiliyan Petrov.

Pete Gough, 40, finished the run in aid of Cure Leukaemia on Saturday and Petrov was there to congratulate him. 

Petrov, 34, who was diagnosed with acute leukaemia in March 2012, was forced to retire from football because of the illness. 

The 34-year-old played for Celtic before he moved to Villa in 2006.

Shrewsbury-born Gough, exceeded his original target of £5000 and received overwhelming support from Villa fans upon his arrival. 

The run, equivalent of 12 marathons, saw the father of three battle shin splints as well as nearly being hit by a car. 

"It's so good to be here and see him [Petrov] looking so well," said Gough

"I've been through a little bit of pain but what these guys with leukaemia go through is completely different. 

"In a week my aches and pains will be gone, they'll have theirs for a long time.”

The former skipper met Mr Gough at the finish line, and admitted he was amazed at the efforts that the man had gone too. 

"It's incredible to see someone like that doing a challenge like that to help people and make a difference to people,” added the former Bulgarian international.

"I followed him since he started running, he did it for 13 days - its a marathon a day - and its very hard but the difference he has made is incredible."

Petrov is now in remission and recently took up the position of assistant development coach at Villa Park.

 

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