Teenager Tom Greenacre sets Trowse 10k record in memory of his British sidecar racing uncle Mick Finnie
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The teenage nephew of British sidecar racing champion Mick Finnie has set a new Trowse 10k race record in his memory.
Tom Greenacre became the youngest-ever person to win the annual road race, beating last year's winner by one second.
The 17-year-old, who was 16 when he took part in the event, finished with a time of 34 minutes and 27 seconds.
It was a poignant moment for Mr Greenacre and his family, as he was raising money for charity in memory of his late uncle, Mick Finnie.
In 2009, the 48-year-old one-time British sidecar racing champion died from a brain tumour.
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Mr Greenacre said his uncle, who was also the former landlord of the Green Dragon in Wymondham, had been a big influence on him growing up. And the Wymondham High student said it was his memory that helped push him into first place last Sunday.
'When it came to the final sprint, I just thought that I was doing this for him and gave it my all,' Mr Greenacre said. 'He [Mick] had a big, big influence on me growing up because of his own success in sport.'
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Mr Greenacre, who lives in Poringland, beat more than 540 people at the event which was held near Norwich, and raised £300 for The Brain Tumour Charity.
He has previously raised money for another charity close to his heart - CamSmile, which supports people born with a cleft palate.
The City of Norwich Athletics Club member was born with the condition, leaving him needing extensive surgery as a child. His mum Alison believed the challenges he faced as a boy also helped shape his character.
'He is so determined,' she said. 'And as sad as we were that he had a cleft palate when he was born, that has shaped him and made him the strong character he is today.'
She added: 'Tom started cross country running when Mick was winning trophies and becoming a champion and I think that influenced him. But his death also affected all our children quite severely. It was tough to see him go downhill so quickly.'
Mr Greenacre, who went to Framingham Earl High School, will be competing in the national cross country championships in Mansfield next Saturday.
To donate to his Justgiving page, visit: www.virginmoneygiving.com/tomgreenacre1