Children give it their all in Mini South Run

WE DID IT! Emily White and her dad Dan White after completing Mini Great South Run 2011 Picture: Allan Hutchings (113859-297)
WE DID IT! Emily White and her dad Dan White after completing Mini Great South Run 2011 Picture: Allan Hutchings (113859-297)
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ON SATURDAY thousands of youngsters and beginners took to the streets for the Mini South Run, Junior South Run and brand-new 5k Great South Run.

Dan White, 39, from Newgate Lane, Fareham, joined the runners with his disabled daughter Emily, aged five.

MADE IT Aaron Prior is lifted up by his dad Paul.  (113859-0003)

MADE IT Aaron Prior is lifted up by his dad Paul. (113859-0003)

The wheelchair-bound youngster, who suffers from Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus, managed to push herself over the finish line of the 1.5k Mini South Run.

Her dad said: ‘I pushed her some of the way, but it was fantastic because she crossed the line all by herself.

‘Emily loves exercising, she does wheelchair football, basketball, street dancing and horseriding. She’s very active.

‘She has grown up with the condition so it’s normal to us, she throws herself into absolutely everything.’

Also competing in the 2.5k Junior race was eight-year-old Eryn Tait, from Rowlands Castle, who suffers from mild cerebral palsy and was raising money for the Rainbow Centre.

She said: ‘At the centre I saw people who are worse off than me and I thought I might be able to help. The race was really fun but I feel very tired now.’

Aaron Prior, aged nine, used all his willpower to jog part of the 2.5k course despite being wheelchair-bound with a condition which means only the right side of his heart works.

His proud dad Paul, 51, from Elder Close, Locks Heath, said: ‘He really wanted to do this. It was really emotional to see him get off from his wheelchair and give it everything he had.

‘He’s very vulnerable and any kind of knock or bleeding can be very serious. But he was determined to show everyone what he could do. He has such a massive personality and he couldn’t have a prouder dad.’