SPORTY Owen Cripps was looking forward to running a mile at a new race on Gosport’s Big Day Out.
The 13-year-old Brune Park School pupil even came up with the winning design for the race’s vest, pictured, which entrants can buy ahead of the day.
But after Owen broke his leg riding his scooter, he will have to sit out the race on June 2 at Stokes Bay in Gosport.
Even with the cast removed, doctors have told him he cannot take part – and he now has to go to his aunt’s wedding instead.
He said: ‘I can’t do it because I broke my leg.
‘I was getting into running but then when I broke my ankle I had to stop – I was running with my mum before.’
Young Owen goes running each Friday with his school and is a member of Gosport Borough Football Club’s Under-13s team.
Unable to take part in the race, he is still pleased his design was picked from more than a dozen entries.
Of his design he said: ‘I was just looking at different logos and I wanted a simple design, something not too hard to draw and simple to make.
‘It took a while because I had to get it right and I didn’t want to mess it up so I had to practise a few times.
‘I used colour pencils to design it, I practised on pieces of paper to try and get it right.
‘I like drawing but it took me a long time to do it because I’m better at drawing over a long period of time.’
Mum Lana Cripps, 34, of Alma Street in Gosport, said it will take him a while to get back into sports.
Race co-organiser Nick Carter, of Absolute Running in Stoke Road, said he is delighted with Owen’s design.
He said: ‘We had 13 designs in total, which we were really pleased with.
‘We took them down to Bayside Cabin, who are one of our sponsors and the proprietor picked the winning entry.
‘We agreed with it. I like the fact it’s based on a running theme.
‘It’s authentic and it was clearly done by somebody who just wanted to have running represented.
‘We haven’t modified it in any way shape or form.’
As reported, elite and amateur runners are invited to take part in the chip-timed race this summer.