Wales

Denbighshire junior pupil runs for Pakistan victims

Rhys Punnett crosses the line after his run
Image caption Rhys, 8, completed the run of just under a mile in 13 minutes

An eight-year-old Denbighshire schoolboy moved by images of the Pakistan flood victims has run a beach challenge to help raise funds.

Rhys Punnett from Prestatyn spent three weeks training for the run along Prestatyn sands on Saturday morning.

His father said the decision to organise his own sponsored event came after watching TV reports on the flooding disaster.

The primary school pupil hopes to raise £450 for the Red Cross.

"When he saw the reports on television, he asked if he could send in £10 to the appeals," explained his father, Roger.

"When we said that amount wouldn't go very far - he came up with plan to do a sponsored run.

'Very proud'

"He has shown so much grit and determination to go through with this - we are over the moon with him."

His mother, Karen, said the Ysgol Melyd pupil completed the run of just under a mile in 13 minutes.

"We were amazed," she said. "I think he may be the next Usain Bolt.

Image caption Rhys had been training for his run for three weeks

"His little face, when he ran through the finish tape we held out for him, was a picture. He was elated."

She said Rhys had been training almost every day for the run.

By Friday, he had raised sponsorship of £368.

"He's a very determined little boy," she said.

"We've been amazed by him - I am very, very proud of what he is doing.

"The pictures of what other children in Pakistan have been going through have made him realise what a very lucky boy he is."