Seven year old Berkhamsted lad Ross Geary is following in his marathon dad’s footsteps by preparing to take part in the Berkhamsted Rotary 5 mile fun run on Sunday 1 March.
A pupil at Greenway School in the town, Ross, who is running in aid of The Hospice of St Francis, has been inspired to run by his dad Simon, who regularly runs marathons to support the charity and has raised well over £3k to date.
Ross is already sprinting ahead with both his training and fundraising, collecting £150 in one day and is hoping to raise at least £250 for the Hospice. He’s been out running with his dad at the weekends and during half term, participating in 5km park runs together and taking to the streets of Berkhamsted to practise
Simon Geary, comments, “I am just so proud of Ross! He loves to run and puts all his energy into it – in fact it’s the only time he stops talking!! I’m proud he’s chosen to run for the Hospice, which is such a fantastic place and a real asset for our town.
“Because of his size we’ve encountered a few challenges and were all in hysterics when he put on his purple Hospice running vest and it touched his toes! Luckily his Nana has been kind enough to shorten it so he doesn’t trip up round the route! The only problem we now have is that his feet are so small and he still wears velcro trainers so we don’t know how we will attach his timing chip– we might have to use cable ties!”
Fran Martin, Senior Community Fundraiser at the Hospice adds, “We’re chuffed that Ross is running for us with his dad and we are grateful to Berkhamsted Rotary for raising money for us once again at this popular town event. I also wanted to say thank you to our 30 Hospice volunteers who will be marshalling along the route this year and ask all runners to look out for our Hospice stand where they can find out about more about our own fundraising challenge events!”