Teen boxer Josh Kinsley to run six miles a day for Help For Heroes
A TEENAGE boxer is to run six-and-a-half marathons over a month to raise money for Help For Heroes.
Josh Kinsley, 15, a pupil at Thomas Ferens Academy, decided he wanted to take on a challenge after seeing a video at Hull FC about the charity.
The youngster, who boxes at City of Hull Amateur Boxing Club, will begin his challenge tomorrow.
He will run six miles a day for 31 days.
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Josh said: "I went to the Hull FC presentation with my dad and the club had a video about Help For Heroes.
"I had a lump in my throat watching it. I came home and said I wanted to raise some money for the injured soldiers.
"I box and in that I do a lot of running so I decided I would do a running challenge."
Josh, who works at a butcher's shop before going to school, will start his challenge tomorrow.
He will begin from the Cavendish Club, which sponsors him, each day and run one of three or four routes through the city.
He said: "I have work in the mornings then school, so I am going to do the run when I come home.
"Then after, I will go to the club and do my boxing training.
"I run for boxing when training and do maybe a couple of miles a day, this is going to be a lot more and for 31 days.
"I am looking forward to it."
Josh, of 21st Avenue, north Hull, has been boxing for two-and-a-half years.
He reached the Yorkshire Finals of the Amateur Boxing Association's national schoolboy championships last season.
He is hoping to compete in the junior championships this season.
His dad, Dave, a coach at City of Hull club, who served all over the world in the Prince of Wales Regiment, said: "He said to us he wanted to do something for the charity after Christmas after watching the video at Hull FC.
"I think it is absolutely brilliant.
"I know they raise a lot of money, but not enough to help the soldiers who are getting injured.
"It is especially sad for the guys who come back missing limbs. I am really proud of Josh doing something like this to raise some money for them.
"It put a lump in my throat and his mum Joanne's that he would do this."
Josh will be supported in his challenge by his dad, mum, older sister Chelsea, 17, and younger brother Makenzie, five.
He also has the backing of boxers at his club, including coach Mike Gibbons.
Mr Gibbons said: "Josh is an up-and-coming talented boxer who is looking for championship honours. He will be taking this run as seriously as he takes his boxing contests.
"It is a fantastic story and is something we need to celebrate.
"What a positive message this young lad is giving out, he is truly inspirational."
Anyone who wants to sponsor Josh on his challenge can do so by calling his father on 07886 802867.