Running for Team Johnny

John Reid( centre) from Gosport with his dad Stephen Reid (left) and grandfather David Coyne(right), who are running in the Great South Run for the Portmouth Down Syndrome Association (Footprints). Picture: Annie Walker
John Reid( centre) from Gosport with his dad Stephen Reid (left) and grandfather David Coyne(right), who are running in the Great South Run for the Portmouth Down Syndrome Association (Footprints). Picture: Annie Walker
Alex Wardle, from Lee-on-the-Solent, collapsed at home and tragically died in March 2016, aged 23. 

From left: Alex's father, Stephen Wardle, sister Gemma Wardle, Alex Wardle and his mother, Denise Wardle.

Gosport family to keep Alex’s legacy alive by taking part in Great South Run

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A DAD will pound the streets in the Great South Run to raise vital cash for a charity that helped support his young son.

Steve Reid, a former photographer for The News, will take part in the 10-mile race on October 26 in aid of the Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association, also known as Footprints, for ‘Team Johnny.’

He will be joined by father-in-law Dave Coyne, sister-in-law Liz Hewer, who is flying in from Gibraltar to take part and friend Jaqui Pankhurst who is travelling from Buckinghamshire.

Steve said: ‘After I left The News, the charity which supported my son John who has Down Syndrome, the Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association (Footprints), appealed for volunteers to run and raise funds. I thought well why not, it’s a great cause a they’ve helped my family enormously. So I signed up with my father-in-law Dave and we trained from March until the GSR. When I was covering the event I didn’t quite grasp how much effort all the runners were putting in with their train programs, but after plodding around Gosport month after month, mile after mile, I had a new found respect for them all.‘

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