Still walking and running for Tom more than a decade on

From left, Sam Brazier, Paul Harris-Kirby, Clinton Prince and Alan Harris-Kirby (151752-742)
From left, Sam Brazier, Paul Harris-Kirby, Clinton Prince and Alan Harris-Kirby (151752-742)

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THERE were some familiar bright orange running vests amongst the thousands at yesterday’s Great South Run.

For the 10th year fundraisers for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust ran and walked the famous 10-mile course.

Pompey fan Tom, from Southsea, died aged 15 from osteosarcoma.

Every year since, Alan Harris-Kirby has taken part in the Great South Run to raise money for the charity set up in his memory.

Alan has also done the Portsmouth and Brighton marathons for the trust.

Tom’s dad Clinton said he found it very moving that people were still willing to run for Tom more than a decade after he died.

‘It’s very humbling to see all these people coming from all walks of life and keeping Tom’s memory alive’, said Clinton, who lives in Milton.

‘All the money they raise goes to osteosarcoma care.

‘The thing that amazes me is that they could have done it once for Tom’s trust but Alan has been doing it for 10 years.

‘I say thank you every year and sometimes it seems such a small word for the amazing effort everyone puts in for us.

‘But we really do appreciate it’.

Also walking was Tom’s aunt and uncle Maureen Prince, 65, and Paul Bandoni, 63.