Monday, 20 September 2021

Boy says thanks for keeping him safe

A BOY of 10 will take part in the Henley Standard 10km race for Help for Heroes.

A BOY of 10 will take part in the Henley Standard 10km race for Help for Heroes.

Liam Hilditch, of Church Street, Henley, has already raised £720 and hopes to make four figures.

He said: “I decided to do this run because I wanted to give money to the people who have fought for my country, keeping me safe.”

The Moulsford Prep School pupil’s grandfather served with the Lancaster Bombers 100 Squadron during the First World War and his cousin Melissa Sharpe is an RAF medic.

Liam has been training with his father Mick, who hopes to also take part in Sunday’s event, which coincides with the Henley half marathon.

He said: “I’m pretty excited. I’ve been running about five miles in training and I hope to finish in under an hour.”

Liam’s mother Alyson said she was proud of her son, adding: “He came up with this idea one weekend — I couldn’t believe it. We thought he might raise maybe £100 or £200 but it just shows what it does to people when you say it’s for Help for Heroes.”

More than 1,850 runners have signed up to take part in the 31st half marathon with another 600 in the 10km.

The races, which are organised by the Rotary Club of Henley Bridge, will both begin at Henley Rugby Club with the shorter race starting at 9.25am followed five minutes later by the main event.

Marlow Road, between Dry Leas and the junction of Icehouse Lane, as well as New Street and Thames Side, will be closed for up to 40 minutes from 9.20am. Henley Bridge will be closed to eastbound traffic only.

The half marathon, which is sponsored by Invesco Perpetual, raises money for the RNLI and other charities.

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