Monmouth boy, six, to run charity race with false leg

BLADERUNNER: Ollie Bauert will try out his new aid for the first time this weekend

BLADERUNNER: Ollie Bauert will try out his new aid for the first time this weekend

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A SPECIAL entrant will be taking part in a wildlife trust’s fun run this Sunday.

Monmouth boy Ollie Bauert, six, has had to wear a full leg prosthesis all his life after he was born with an underdeveloped femur and a missing fibula.

But this weekend he will take part in Gwent Wildlife Trust’s Race for Wildlife one kilometre fun run for the second time in consecutive years – this time with a custom designed running blade.

Friends and family raised money to buy the blade for him and he will try it out at the race at Undy United Football Club.

His mum, Micaela Bauert, said: “The blade is going to make such an amazing difference to Ollie’s life.

“We are not expecting amazing things at the beginning. Ollie will only have had his blade for a couple of days before the Gwent Wildlife Trust’s Race for Wildlife but that is exactly why it is perfect – our first outing with it at a local fun run.”

Fundraising and marketing officer at the wildlife trust, Liesel Townley, said: “Gwent Wildlife Trust is absolutely delighted to be part of Ollie’s big adventure, with his new blade and his determined attitude, he is an inspiration to everyone.

“It highlights what the fun run is all about. It really is for everyone.”

For more information on Ollie, visit kangakidsfoundation.org

The 1K Fun Run takes you around Undy Football Club pitch. All ages are welcome and fancy dress is encouraged.

Dogs on leads are welcome. There will be a prize for the best outfit and the fastest boy and girl (under 14).

There is also a10K race which starts at 10.30am. Registration is from 9am to 10am.

The run is through quiet country lanes from Undy, with a loop around Redwick village – the course is flat and fast. Minimum age on race day is 15.

There will be a briefing at 10.15am in the football club before a half mile walk to the start.

Entry is £14 or £12 for UK Athletics members.

Age group prizes and race memento for all pre-entry competitors. The closing date for entries is 9am tomorrow. Go to gwentwildlife.org/how-you-can-help/race-wildlife-180514

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