Fun in the sun at Thame 10k race

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A THOUSAND runners battled the scorching temperatures on Sunday to take on the Thame 10k race, but there was one pair which really stood out from the crowd.

James Melville-Ross and his son Tom, who suffers with cerebral palsy, caught everyone’s imagination as they crossed the line and the pair were just delighted to be able to take part.

James said: “It is a great event and we are always delighted with the response we got from all of the runners and the crowd.

“We both love sport and the only opportunity we get to compete together is in something like this.

“We are always so grateful for being able to take part because it is a big thing for him.”

The pair first entered the event last year and James now has plans to make the race a real family affair.

Seven-year-old Tom’s twin sister also has cerebral palsy, and so James is hoping she can be on the start line with her mum next year.

He said: “I am trying to convince mum to take part next year so we can all do it together and maybe reading this will encourage her do that.”

The race was won by Steven Naylor in 31mins 23secs while Jon Hiscox was the first Thame resident to finish in 36mins 30secs.