Little Edyth Barfoot stunned her parents by insisting on running three and a half miles for charity.
Determined Edyth, from Sackville Road, Bexhill, got the running bug but was also keen to help others.
Her dad Dan explained: “Edyth is 4 years old and, in our opinion, is completely remarkable. She is a junior Kickboxer, taking after her Mummy and Daddy, and a tiny fitness enthusiast.
Her mother and I last week ran a 5 and 10k run in the name of the ‘Out of the Blue’ charity, an organisation that raises money for families who have suffered the ill effects of severe depression and family suicide. The day was a huge success.
“Her mum Sarah planned to walk as her foot was in a protective boot after breaking her toe earlier that week. It was only when we arrived and saw so many people enthused, excited and emotional that Edyth picked up on the tone of the evening and insisted that she wanted to ‘run’ too and run she did.
“Despite her mother imploring her to slow down and take a breath at every opportunity, Edyth managed to run the entire 5k (approx 3.5 miles) without stopping.
“At times she was running through tears but was quite insistent that she was not going to stop, drawing encouragement from the adults who cheered her and clapped her forward ... adult runners who she was over taking!
Edyth went on to finish the race ahead of a significant number of adult runners and did so in her school uniform and welly boots.
“After receiving her medal and being unbelievably proud and emotional, Edyth asked and then insisted to do it again, this time – in her own words – wanting to ‘raise money for sick people’. She has currently raised £150. The very next day we took her to get new running shoes and running kit and needless to say, she’s now got the bug!
To support Edyth’s appeal Text NNDN60£2 to 70070.
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