Gosport kids get on trainers to raise money in memory of Joe Gower

The fun run along Stokes Bay, Gosport, in memory of Joe Gower. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (151737-476)
The fun run along Stokes Bay, Gosport, in memory of Joe Gower. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (151737-476)
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  • Friends and family of Joe Gower took part in fun run to raise money for the Oakley Waterman Foundation
  • Kids braced the wind and cold to run the mile along Stokes Bay
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CHILDREN braced the wind and cold to run a mile for charity.

Dressed as pirates and other characters, the youngsters got on their trainers and did not let the sea spray and strong winds stop them from completing the fun run.

The turnout was really great even though it was a bit blustery.

Elise Gower

Friends and family of Joe Gower ran along Stokes Bay to mark the second anniversary since he died.

The five-year-old died two years ago today from a brain tumour.

The event, organised by his mum Elise, raised money for the Oakley Waterman Caravan Foundation.

After the success of the run, Elise, from Gosport, hopes it can become an annual event.

She said: ‘We would love for this to become something we do every year and after its success, I think it could.

‘The kids were so excited to take part and really enjoyed the run. The turnout was really great even though it was a bit blustery.’

Former Pompey player Dave Waterman and his wife Lorraine also went along to the event on Saturday.

They set up the Oakley Waterman Caravan Foundation in memory of their son who died in 2005.

Dave said: ‘After seeing how many people took part, I think it would be brilliant to make this an annual thing.

‘It was really great for Elise to organise it.’

He added: ‘There is such a strong community feeling in Gosport.

‘A lot of people came to show us support despite it being cold and windy.’

The children and their parents ran the Gosport Golden Mile route along the seafront starting at the Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service station and finishing near the Diving Museum.

For Joe’s school friends Jacob Cowie and Lola Rhodes, it was fun taking part.

Lola, seven, said: ‘It was hard.

‘I do like running and did the summer Gosport Golden Mile so it was fun too.’

Seven-year-old Jacob added: ‘The run was really tiring.

‘It was the first time I have run a mile but I liked it.’

Nearly £200 was raised for the charity through the run.