A GROUP of boxing youngsters - including two 11-year-olds - have sparred with a ten-mile run to raise funds for their club.

The Lights Out Boxing Academy undertook the challenge last weekend, setting off from their base in Girlington.

Two 11-year-olds, Luqman Sidique and Mobeen Hussain, were the youngest members to take part and surprised everyone, including club coach Inzar Ahmed.

The duo practiced smaller distances in preparation for the run and were eager to join the older club members.

Both completed the challenge and Ahmed, who also ran the full ten miles, explained how the youngsters exceeded all expectations.

He said: "The plan was to keep Mobeen and Luqman with me the whole time as I was going to run at snails pace.

"But that didn’t go well with them. They soon left me and joined the older kids.

"How many eleven-year-olds can run ten miles? Not many.

"I am extremely proud of them and the other lads who took part in the run.

"This wasn’t easy. We hear people taking part in 10k runs for various reasons, but this was 10 miles to raise funds for our boxing academy."

Three businesses - Altaf Solicitors, Nexus Accountants and S.A. Younis Solicitors - sponsored the event.

Ahmed said: "We are appealing for more businesses to come on board and help in which ever way possible to to continue to help young men stay off the streets."