There are lots of incredible moments at our events – and more than a few tears shed on the finish line.
But some stand out.
There were plenty of cheers at Sunday’s York 10K, but some of the biggest were reserved for five-year-old Noah Tilson, who took part in the Arena Group Mini Run.
Noah was born 10 weeks premature and as a result of his early struggles, suffered brain damage and has cerebral palsy. He cannot walk or sit unaided and has to have physiotherapy every day.
But on Sunday, he was determined to join the hundreds taking part in the children’s event and started the run in his walking frame. Every step took an incredible amount of effort, but Noah’s bravery clearly knows no bounds.
Noah finished the event in his wheelchair, pushed by proud dad James, who had earlier taken part in the York 10K.
Dad and son were raising funds for a new powered wheelchair for Noah. (Noah has a manual wheelchair from the NHS, but is not able to propel it himself).
Noah’s story was taken up by our event partners Minster FM – breakfast presenter Ben Fry was our host on race day and was inspired by Noah’s amazing effort.
And clearly Noah’s captured hearts aplenty as supporters have pledged almost £5,000 in just five days!
His mum and dad are now close to being able to purchase the Tiny Trax paediatric wheelchair to replace his old Wizzybug, which Noah has grown out of and will now go to help another youngster.
It’s fair to say the family have been overwhelmed by the support they’ve received.
After the total hit £2,800, mum Sasha posted: “Just want to say how very grateful we are to all Noah's supporters … I have to add a massive thank you to everyone at Minister FM - Ben, Cat, Russ and all our friends and family. You have all been so very generous and we really appreciate everyone getting behind our goal of a Tiny Trax for Noah xx.”
The total now stands at £4,669 of the £6,160 needed. James has now set his sights on the Yorkshire 10 Mile in October in another push for Noah.
If you’d like to find out more or support Noah, click here.