A MARTIAL arts enthusiast has conquered his biggest feat in a year of incredible challenges!

Dad-of-two Pete Flaherty, from Barnton, is raising money for the Alzheimer's Society in memory of his nan and grandad Harold and Rhoda Holland.

The 48-year-old completed a phenomenal 1,000 Ju Jitsu throws in four and a half hours at the Mid Cheshire Budo Club family session in Rudheath.

"My aching body and bouts of cramp tell me it definitely happened," said Pete. "It wouldn't have been possible without all the people from the club giving up their time and energy and being so selfless with their friendship and support."

Pete is tackling a year of gruelling challenges for the love of his late grandparents.

Harold, 93, from Northwich, was president and chairman of the Royal British Legion, Burma Star Association and Royal Naval Association. Rhoda, 92, worked at ICL and Davenham Nursing Home.

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After 250 throws, Nic Curran, Pete's daughter Lauren Milton, Pete Flaherty, David Shelton and Sensei Chris Travis

"Watching dementia take these two wonderful special people was very hard to take," said Pete. "They were the kindest people I have ever met. As a way of saying thank you for all the sacrifices they made I will be undertaking extreme crazy challenges every month for a full year.

"My aim is to raise as much money as possible to help the continued research and treatment of dementia."

Pete started his gruelling Ju Jitsu challenge at 6.30am on April 28 and with each throw he had to defend an attack by someone punching or kicking him.

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After 600 throws, Pete's son Evan Milton, daughter Lauren Milton, Edward Phillips, David Shelton, Sensei Miles Birch, Sensei Chris Travis and Pete Flaherty

"It was a great experience and I found it really emotional at the end," said Pete, who raised £350 on the day, bringing his total so far to £1,160. "Thanks to all who have sponsored. I am truly humbled by everyone's support."

In January, Pete tackled Tough Guy, a 10-mile assault course.

February saw him competing in The Beast, a 10-mile cross-country run.

The Battle of Landsdown a 10-mile obstacle course was his next feat.

Tough Mudder and a 100km canoe trip in Scotland are lined up later this month followed by Rough Runner at Arley Hall in JUne.

After climbing 4,409ft up Ben Nevis in July, he plans to reach the 3,560 ft summit of Snowdon with his six-year-old son Evan in August.

Tough Mudder Full in September will be followed by Hell Runner, the UK's toughest half marathon in the north in Delamere Forest.

Pete plans to tackle the Winter Wolf in November and hopes to achieve his black belt grading in Ju Jitsu in December.

"I wanted to be doing something really challenging this year," he said. "My body is already telling me 'I am hurting' but I want to test myself."

To donate visit justgiving.com/fundraising/peteflaherty.