Sheffield's 'Captain Tobias', 13, completes 10k in latest challenge

An inspirational teenager said it was "absolutely amazing" to have completed a 10k challenge in his wheelchair to help fund a new hall for his school.

Tobias Weller, who has cerebral palsy and autism, has undertaken a series of epic challenges over the years having been inspired by Captain Sir Tom Moore.

His efforts meant he became the youngest person to be awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) in 2022.

His latest challenge was to complete South Yorkshire's Dearne Valley 10K.

Tobias was pushed around the course in a specialist multi-terrain wheelchair by a team of 20 runners from Totley Athletics Club and completed the course in 90 minutes.

He said: "It was absolutely amazing. There were tons of people supporting me.

"We were clapping, cheering and singing all the way round."

His mum, Ruth, who was one of the runners, said: "It was pretty bumpy, so Tobias has been bouncing around for an hour and half trying to keep his balance.

"He got a huge cheer as we came into the finish. It was absolutely fabulous, we had a great time and we're so proud of Tobias."

The teenager, nicknamed "Captain Tobias" after Keighley-born Captain Sir Tom, was awarded the BEM in 2022 after completing a series of fundraising challenges, starting with a lockdown marathon.

Captain Tobias
"Captain Tobias", seen here taking part in a previous challenge, joined Paces School at the age of three [PA Media]

He has so far raised more than £168,000 for Paces School in Sheffield and the Children's Hospital Charity in the city.

Tobias's previous challenges included an Ironman, completed over the course of a year - travelling 112 miles on his trike, swimming 2.5 miles and running 26.2 miles, the length of a full marathon.

The youngster said he had another challenge "up his sleeve" which he promised would be "bigger and better".

He added: "It's going to be a great event that lots of people can join in with but I'm not spilling the beans on that one just yet."


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