School boy completes series of 5km runs for Rosemere in memory of his uncle

A ten-year-old boy has been running 100km over a period of four months in memory of his uncle.

Tuesday, 11th December 2018, 10:23 am
Updated Friday, 14th December 2018, 8:27 am
Ben Bradley

Ben Bradley, of Fulwood, has completed 20 sets of 5km runs, raising more than £700 for Rosemere Cancer Foundation, which supported his uncle Chris Rand, who died in 2013, aged 35.

His mum, Jenny, said: “Ben was only five when his uncle died and he really misses him.“Chris was really into football, both watching PNE and playing, and Ben misses sharing that with him.

He is really close to his cousins, Chris’ two children, who are also quite young. He is a sensitive lad and came up with an idea to do something to raise money. After a lot of thought, Ben decided to set himself the challenge to run 100km before Christmas. To do this, he planned to run 20 sets of 5km runs between September and Christmas. As a 10-year-old lad, this was going to be hugely challenging, but Ben was determined to succeed.

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Ben Bradley (in red)

“He has a real get up and go about him. He loves running as we have all been going to park runs as a family and he is really committed to it.“He has done most of the runs through the Preston Parkrun and we even did one whilst on holiday in Croatia.“We’re all incredibly proud of Ben. This was completely his own idea and he’s an absolute inspiration.”

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Ben, who attends St Clare’s Catholic Primary School, in Fulwood, said: “I wanted to do this because my uncle died of cancer and my dad’s friend has recently been diagnosed with cancer.“I really enjoy running so thought this was the best thing to do. It has been quite hard work keeping up with all the runs, but I am really pleased to have raised so much money.”To sponsor Ben, who has so far raised £784, visit http://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ben-bradley9

Ben Bradley