A FOUR-YEAR-OLD boy ran 26 miles for charity in just over two months.

Sawrey Skelton-Mcleod completed the personal challenge in bite sized chunks to raise money for Save the Children UK.

The Clitheroe Bowland Montessori Pre School pupil completed the marathon after telling his mum Katie Skelton he wanted to support a charity.

The youngster, who lives in Beach Close, Blackburn has spent April to July running whenever he could.

Mum Katie said: “I’m very proud. He is not a natural runner and he is not particular fast, but he keeps going.

“He decided he wanted to do some running because it’s something he really likes.

“His journey started back in April with a park run in Preston at Avenham and Miller Parks.

“When he did his first 2km run he did not want to stop.”

Since he started his mission Sawrey has taken part in runs at Blackburn’s Witton Park as well as in Ribchester, Sabden and Clitheroe.

To mark his achievement and raising £386 for Save the Children UK, the youngster was sent a medal by a marathon veteran Ben Smith.

Last year Ben from Brighton hit the headlines when he ran 401 marathons in just 401 days .

During his mammoth challenge Ben ran through Padiham, Burnley, Sabden, Clitheroe Whalley.

He even stopped to meet pupils at St Leonard's Primary School in Padiham.

Katie said the toughest part of Sawrey’s journey was when he did the 5km adult park run in Clitheroe.

The primary school teacher said: “After the he did the first 2km in the Clitheroe park run he was very tired.

“Sawrey found that course tough but there was still no stopping him.”

The youngster completed the bite-sized marathon with his nursery friends at Clitheroe Castle Park last Tuesday.

The Greenacre Street pre school held a sponsored walk on the same day.

Katie said: “I ran with him at the end. He has very happy because he came first.

“It was nice to finish with his friends and to finish first for once."

The nursery raised a grand total of £490.