Colne youngster to run for grandpa

Benjamin Horsfield (7), from Colne, is taking part in the Manchester Junior Run in May for Pendleside Hospice. (S)
Benjamin Horsfield (7), from Colne, is taking part in the Manchester Junior Run in May for Pendleside Hospice. (S)

A devoted Colne youngster is reliving the glory days of his grandpa to raise awareness of a charity close to his family’s heart.

Benjamin Horsfield (7) wants to run for his grandpa Peter Hartley (65), after he was diagnosed with an incurable form of cancer two years ago.

The Laneshaw Bridge Primary School pupil will be running the 2K Bupa Junior Great Manchester Run on May 17th for Pendleside Hospice, and his mum Claire will be taking on the adult 10K run the following day. The duo aim to raise £500.

Mr Hartley, a former maths teacher, was a keen fell runner in his youth and competed in many local, national and international races, including the London Marathon, Three Peaks Race and the Sierre-Zinal race. He was also a champion of the Karrimor International Mountain Marathon and the Haworth Hobble.

He stopped running following a hip replacement, but continued his hobby by photographing the sport at events such as The Everest Marathon. If he is well enough, he will be taking snaps of his grandson and daughter at the annual Manchester events.

Mrs Horsfield (37), of Skipton Old Road, who is also running the Keighley 10K on Sunday in training for May, said: “With cancer you are so helpless, but at least by doing this we can raise awareness and help.

“I am very excited about it, but it is quite a long way when you are not a real runner.

“Benjamin loves running, and he understands why we are doing it.”

According to Mrs Horsfield Pendleside Hospice costs over £3.7million a year to run. She sees the facility as “vital to the community” and wants to do her bit to help.

The sales account manager, who will also be running in memory of her late neighbour Gary Robinson, added: “We just can’t believe that the facility has to rely on fund-raising, so this is the least we can do.

“My dad is under the care of Christie’s, but has palliative care at Pendleside so it is a great source of comfort to have such an incredible facility so close to home.”

Mrs Horsfield also hopes to continue her fund-raising drive by running the Great North Run next year.

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