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Son finishes 18 seconds in front of dad at charity run
Buy this photo » Rick and Ben Oldham after the race
THERE is nothing like the bond between father and son – or the competitive spirit.
Rick Oldham, 58, an engineering consultant from Didcot and his 31-year-old son Ben raced each other neck-and-neck for the 13 miles of the Great North Run.
In the end, the younger man pipped his dad to the post by 18 seconds in a time of two hours and one minute.
But their competition also raised £850 for international Catholic aid agency CAFOD.
Ben, a charity fundraiser by profession, said: “It was hard going on the hill at the end but I was cheered along by CAFOD supporters on the route, which kept me going.
“It was great running with my dad and after him beating me during training I was pleasantly surprised to cross the line first on the day.
“It’s been a good experience and I can’t wait to do it again.”
Rick said he had tried his hardest to beat his son.
“It was harder than normal,” he said, “as we were going faster than we should have at the end to try and beat each other, but Ben just took the lead at the end.
“My local parish, the English Martyrs in Didcot, has been supportive of our fundraising and Ben and I have reached £850, which is amazing.
“We support CAFOD because of the stewardship of their funds and how they spend the money.
“We’ve always been supporters and it’s great to do something for them while also having a great day out together.”
The father and son were among 56,000 runners taking part in the 33rd Great North Run.
Double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah was among the line up cheered by a huge crowd and narrowly missed out on winning the elite men’s race.
CAFOD is a Catholic aid agency that raises cash for projects around the world.
For details visit cafod. org.uk
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