Fred Hyde from Trinity School and his friend Tristan Kampheus from Finstock ran the OX5 Run at Blenheim Palace on Sunday in aid of Oxford Children’s Hospital.
Tristan was a patient at the hospital after he was born as he was starved of oxygen during his birth. He was put on a life support machine for 3 weeks and it was touch and go as to whether he would survive.
Fred and Tristan have been friends since they were born as their Mums are good friends and worked together in the police. Fred’s Mum George said, “We were both pregnant at the same time and we knew we were both having boys. Although the boys don’t see each other every week when they do they are like two peas in a pod. We are super proud of the boys. They have raised over £600 which is fantastic.”
Fred said, “I wanted to do the run because if it wasn’t for them (OCH) I wouldn’t have got to meet Tris. They are an amazing charity.”
The 5 mile course was the longest run Fred had completed. He has trained with his Dad on Saturday mornings, completed cross country courses with school and a few Parkruns. He completed the course in 48 minutes. One of the youngest competitors, just 10, he came 10th overall in the junior category which was up to 18 years. Fred commented, “I’ve only run 3 miles before. Getting round the course was difficult at is was very up and down and found it difficult to breathe at times. It was hardest going up. At the end I felt very proud that I did it.”
The friends started the course together but after 2 miles, they got separated. Fred explains, “I tried to wait for him but couldn’t find him. Then at the end I saw him coming, so I climbed over a fence and ran the last bit with him and we crossed the line together which was very nice and fun.”
Fred has asked his Mum to write to Ant & Dec at Saturday Night Takeway as it is favourite programme to tell them about his running challenge for charity with Tristan in the hope that he might be picked out for a surprise of a lifetime.
If you would like to support the Oxford Children’s Hospital you can donate on Fred and Tris’ Just Giving page at