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When North Tyneside schoolboy Ben Culyer signed up for this year’s Children’s Cancer Run he didn’t realise that his junior football team would be playing a crucial league winning football game on the same day.

Determined not to let down North of England Children’s Cancer Research which raises vital funds through the run disappoint his teammates, Ben decided to do both.

He pulled on his football strip and played a blinder and helped win his team top the league, before jumping in a car, headed to the Children’s Cancer Run and finished the race in style.

Proud as punch auntie Beverly Office, 32, said: “He’s amazing, we’re really proud of him.

“He was registered for the run on Sunday at Gosforth Park but hadn’t realised his team were going to be in their crucial league-decider, so he decided to do both. He played up at Newbiggin, where the lads won the title, then hopped in the car for the 20 minute drive down to Newcastle.”

Even though the race had started, determined Ben got his picture taken, alone, on the start line before giving it his all and completing the five-mile course.

Ben, a pupil at St Joseph’s RC School in Wallsend Road, North Tyneside, has won praise for his busy morning.

“After hearing about what Ben did, a lot of people have offered him sponsor money for the race,” said Beverly.

“He’s had a lot of messages on social media from friends and people just saying what a good job he did.”

The event, organised by North of England Children’s Cancer Research, attracted scores of youngsters and families to Newcastle Racecourse, in Gosforth, on Sunday.

People were able to take part in a five or three mile cross country event as well as a Mini Mile.

All funds raised will go towards the work of the NECCR, which improves the lives of children with cancer.

Ben, brother to Charlie, nine, is a keen football player and runner.

Beverly added: “He was buzzing after he finished the race. It was quite a day for him.

“He’s always been sporty and fit.”

To find out about the next Children’s Cancer Run, and our other fundraising events, click here.

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