Children lift runners in 'pretty trying' weather

HORRENDOUS weather made Tim Blair's 120 kilometre fund-raising run "pretty trying'' yesterday and has led to today's stage of the run being cancelled.

Mr Blair and mate Shane Taylor, who ran from Devonport to Burnie and back to Devonport yesterday in heavy rain and wind,  postponed today's Run For Kids event until next Saturday at 9am at the Devonport High School oval.

The pair are doing both runs to raise funds for Ulverstone boy Trystan Stephens and the North-West Cancer Centre.

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Five-year-old Trystan was diagnosed with leukaemia last year and, after successful chemotherapy in Hobart, is now in remission.

Mr Blair will also be running in memory of his father, who died from cancer earlier this year.

Mr Blair said while the weather wasn't pleasant it didn't deter him and Mr Taylor.

"It was wet and windy, with a bit of a head-wind on the way home and I thought a few times it was pretty trying,'' he said.

"The challenge and running with the kids (is what kept him going). The kids inspire you and give you a lift when you're feeling down.''

The pair stopped at Burnie, Penguin and Ulverstone high schools, collecting donations there, and helpers were also positioned along the Bass Highway with charity tins collecting donations.

The Ulverstone Primary school run was cancelled due to wet conditions.

Mr Blair said the community support meant everything to him.

"At the end of the day we are just a couple of idiots that run, but when the schools and wider community come on board it becomes something,'' he said.

Trystan's mother Jodi Revell said Mr Blair was humble after the run, saying he was "nobody'' - just someone trying to help.

"He is not nobody, he is everything. He is who everyone needs to be,'' she said.

Tim Blair, Trystan Stephens and Shane Taylor with the trophy Trystan bought for Tim. Picture: Stuart Wilson.

Tim Blair, Trystan Stephens and Shane Taylor with the trophy Trystan bought for Tim. Picture: Stuart Wilson.

EPIC RUN: Charity runner Tim Blair greets Ulverstone boy Trystan Stephens after running from Devonport to Burnie and back with mate Shane Taylor yesterday. Picture: Stuart Wilson.

EPIC RUN: Charity runner Tim Blair greets Ulverstone boy Trystan Stephens after running from Devonport to Burnie and back with mate Shane Taylor yesterday. Picture: Stuart Wilson.

"He is putting it (cancer) out there and making people more aware that it is happening and helping people out.''

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