Every day when my mum gets home from work, she has to come in the back door, put all her clothes into the washing machine and go straight into the shower.
It means I can’t hug her like I usually do but I understand why – my mum is a children’s nurse at Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital in Cardiff, so we have to do social distancing to keep everyone safe.
A lot of the hospital’s money comes from fundraising but they can’t go out to raise money because of coronavirus, and they have a lot less than they need for things like equipment, and paying play leaders and support packages for parents.
So I decided I wanted to do something to help. At first I wanted to run 500km but my dad talked me out of that! Instead he and I agreed to run 250km together – about six marathons – going out along the Taff Trail in Wales every day for a month. I love sport at school but I’ve never run this far before.
I was in one, two-mile cross country race at school but mostly I play football, and since lockdown I haven’t been able to do much exercise apart from bouncing on our trampoline and going for walks. This challenge seemed like a good way to get a bit fitter, as well as to raise money.
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On the first day, I ran 8.7km in 59 minutes, which was over my 8.3km target and rather than being tired, I just felt good and was happy at how far I had run.
Day three was much harder – I ran just under 10km and it was really tough the whole way round – even my dad was struggling.
It might have been the time of day we went as it was hot in the afternoon. I have to do my runs around my siblings, Mum and Dad’s work and my own school work, which can be hard.
We went out again the next day and it was much easier, and all my runs since then have been great. My dad and I play a game on the way round, where we start of in different directions and dad sees how fast he can catch me. It helped me get my fastest time: 5km in 26 minutes.
I’m now doing between eight and 10km every day, and I’ve almost hit my fundraising target of £3,000.
There is still a long way to go but I don’t feel any pressure, as my mum told me I can stop anytime.
Both my parents have been really supportive and after they did some interviews on local media, strangers have been coming out to see me.
A lady asked Dad if I was ‘that running boy’ – that was cool! It’s a bit weird to have people yelling my name and telling me to keep going, but I love it.
I definitely think that I’m a hero! Only joking… the other day I asked my mum if I should run in a cape (she said no). I am proud of myself for doing this, though, and I’m not running for myself – I’m doing it so that my mum’s hospital gets the money it needs.
It’s a scary time to work in a hospital – I know that people are dying of coronavirus, but I’m really proud of what my mum does and I love going out to do the Thursday night Clap For Carers.
There’s so many people doing what they can to help others during coronavirus, I want to do what I can, too. I know I won’t quit. I am quite shy usually but I know I can do this, and I’m really determined.
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