Boxer’s knockout effort for Bradley

A FORMER professional boxer ran 12 and a half miles for 12 consecutive days in support of a cancer-suffering schoolboy.

Motivated Craig Denton, 31, laced up his trainers and took on the gruelling challenge to raise money for young Bradley Doyle and his loving family.

Bradley, who is just 12-years-old, has faced a nightmare over the last four months as he battles against cancer.

The brave Catcote School Business and College Enterprise student was forced to spend Christmas and his birthday in a hospital bed after medics diagnosed him with Burkitt lymphoma, a rare form of cancer.

The battling youngster was given a huge boost after medics revealed treatment had cleared the cancer and was finally allowed home to the delight of his family and friends last Friday.

And brave Bradley had even more reason to smile after Craig revealed his extreme challenge, which saw him cover 150 miles in just 12 days, has raised £760.

The dad-of-two will now hand the cash over to Bradley and his family and said he hopes they spend it on a well-deserved holiday.

Craig found out about Bradley’s ordeal through his mum, Anne Denton, whose sister Sandra Marsden is a close friend of the youngster’s family.

Craig, an insulation engineer who lives in Granville Avenue, Hartlepool, said: “After six days I was thinking what have I let myself in for?

“But I was wearing a T-shirt with Bradley’s face on and I looked at that and it puts it all into perspective.

“I thought what have I got to whinge about when a young lad has had to go through what Bradley has.”

Craig, a dad of Leyton, six, and 18-month-old Rocco, started every run from the Headland boxing gym, where he trains most days.

He took in the 12 and a half mile routes around the streets of Hartlepool, all in impressive times of under one hour and 40 minutes.

“I’d like to thank everyone who sponsored me, I didn’t really know how much I would raise, but I was pleased with what we got,” added Craig.

Bradley’s mum, Carole Barclay, 37, said she has been taken aback by the response of people in Hartlepool since Bradley was diagnosed.

Carole, who lives in Sheriff Street in the town and is also a mum of Sophie, 19, Michael, 17, Tony, 15, and 13-year-old Callum, said: “It’s brilliant what Craig has done, we are so grateful.

“Everybody has been so supportive of Bradley, it makes him realise how many people care about him.”