A FIVE-YEAR-OLD runner from Frodsham is bidding to raise hundreds of pounds in memory of his mother who died of cancer.
Frodsham Church of England Primary School pupil Alexander Causton, of Hillside Road wanted to raise money for Christie Hospital which helped his mum Claire Causton, 34, who died in 2008.
Alexander takes part in the 1.5km Mini Great Manchester Run on Saturday to fundraise for Factor 50, part of the world renowned Christie Hospital.
Dad Peter Causton, 40, of Hillside Road, Frodsham, a barrister for Hill Dickinson in Liverpool, said: “He wants to help other sick people.
“We just want the hospital to get some money to help other people in the same situation.”
Claire Causton, neé Cunningham died after battling an aggressive skin cancer just weeks after diagnosis.
Peter said: “Claire was a Frodsham girl.
“She was a high flier, a barrister in a set of chambers, it was a tragedy.
“We’re getting things back together now, back on our feet and trying to focus on the positives.
“Christie’s did a fantastic job, the staff were amazing so it’s a chance to give something back.”
Dubbed Marathon Boy, Alexander – who has already completed the Frodsham Downhill Run – is following in the footsteps of amateur athlete Peter, who is running in the 10km adult run on Sunday.
Peter said: “He’s a very happy kid.
“He started coming out running with me on Frodsham Hill.
He added: “He thinks it’s fun but he says he wants to win it, which might be a bit unrealistic.
“He says he’s the fastest runner in the class so he’s feeling very confident.
“He’s planning on running the whole way, he’s very competitive, I think he’s really looking forward to it.”
In just a few days Alexander has raised almost £500 through his website, www.justgiving.com/Alexander-Causton-MarathonBoy.
“We set up a Justgiving site and it’s beginning to take off a bit, we’ve raised about £450 so far.
“He really appreciates the support he’s been given and is determined to go for it.”