A FATHER and son are donning their running shoes to raise funds for a nursery in Birstall.
Antony Jones has taken on the mammoth task of racing 180 miles over the course of the year – and he’ll be joined in some of his efforts by three-year-old son Harry.
The 39-year-old, who lives in Birstall, is a keen runner and has challenged himself with similar tasks over the past two years to raise cash for breast cancer and children’s cancer charities.
This year all the money donated will go to Birstall Pre-School, which Harry has attended for the past two years.
Antony has been joined by little Harry on a few of the shorter races, including the Jo Cox Fun Run at Oakwell Hall and the Ali Brownlee Riverside 2k Fun Run in Middlesbrough. Harry will have raced just over 4.5 miles by the end of the year.
Antony said: “Harry turns four at the end of next month and he’s always wanted to come running with me.
“I found some kids’ events that start after some of my runs. After so long he gets a little bit tired so I have to carry him, but he does like it.
“It’s certainly taken its toll on me at times, but I do enjoy it. At the race the atmosphere with the crowds makes you feel like an Olympian. And the fact that I’m getting something from it at the end of it, there’s a purpose behind it.”
Antony trains once a week with the South Leeds Lakers running club and is a postman by trade, which he says keeps him fit. His first race was on New Year’s Day and he can sometimes run up to three races in a month.
He said: “I’m pretty lazy when it comes to pushing myself so I joined the South Leeds Lakers and that’s helped build my fitness up and got me quicker, otherwise I would’ve probably struggled.”
Birstall Pre-School is a non-profit nursery and relies on donations from parents to help support children in their development.
Manager Sue Brooke said: “It’s amazing for Antony and Harry to take their time in their personal lives to support us in the way that they’re doing. We’re totally in awe of what they’ve done for us.”
So far Antony has raised over £300 and you can donate by visiting www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/antony-jones-2.