Colin Fry; Local Hero for Local Charities

It transpires that raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for local charities during his lifetime is not sufficient for Colin Fry, now 71 years old. He is now well into his latest challenge to run 7 charity 10k’s this year, culminating with the Studland Stampede 12k in October, in aid of the Youth Cancer Trust Bournemouth.

Colin’s interest in running began at a very young age, probably in secondary school, but it was joining the Police as a cadet at the age of 15 that exposed a great talent and formed the lasting alliance. The Police supported his running through an endless number of events and Colin held the title of National Police Champion more than once. Today, after nearly 60 years of running, he maintains that his secret of remaining injury free has been running mostly off-road; his main event was always cross country.

Unfortunately, after an accident last year (completely non running related) Colin suffered considerable damage to the tendons in his knee, rendering him out of action for nearly six months. Despite this set back he is now up and running fit again, with already 4 10k’s under his belt so far this year.

His incredible support and fundraising efforts over the years have led to his nomination and selection to carry the torch for a leg of the 2012 Olympic Games Torch Relay. He will bear the torch through the village of Newburgh in Winfrith on Friday 13 th July.

In the meantime Colin is training hard to stay in shape for his next charity run to raise money for a cause that is very dear to his heart. If you would like to support Colin and the Youth Cancer Trust please visit his Just Giving page www.justgiving.co.uk/colinfry2012

The Younth Cancer Trust provides free holidays for teenagers and young people (aged 14 to 30) with cancer from all over the UK and Ireland at Tracy Ann House in Bournemouth. These holidays are a complete break from cancer treatment and a chance to find comfort and support from meeting others of a similar age going through a similar experience.

As one young sufferer said; "I honestly can't thank Brenda and Jim and all at YCT enough. You made everything better, easier to cope with and meeting others who knew exactly what I felt was definitely what the Doctor ordered"

"I am touched by the generosity of family, friends, colleagues and others who do not know me, but who have so far donated to such a worthy cause. Thank you so much" Colin

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