Dad’s pals race Great South Run for his son who loved watching

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LITTLE Harvey Ashworth loved watching his dad race in the Great South Run.

So after the 11-year-old died suddenly while on holiday two years ago, dad Luke, 34, and his friends decided to run the 10-mile race in Portsmouth in his name.

Now the Harvey Army has grown to a huge 64 people, from just 10 in 2011 and 20 last year, who are raising cash for Naomi House children’s hospice, a cause Harvey liked.

Friends and colleagues from Luke’s firm Netbasic in Fareham are taking part, along with youngsters running the junior race.

‘That year Harvey passed away in July and he was already registered to do the junior run,’ he said.

‘There are times when I do end up seeing his face on everyone’s T-shirt and there are times during the course of the run when I do get a little bit sad. But that quickly turns into smiles and laughter as everyone’s mucking around.

‘To have a huge number of people running it makes you feel like you’re not on your own.’