A DAD will be banned from charity races if he keeps insisting on doing them while pushing his daughter in a pram.
Fireman Dez O’Connor, 35, runs up to 10km through woods and countryside with Elsie, three. But race organisers in Plymouth told him: “Do not use the buggy again.”
Outraged Dez, from Plymouth, told how he had never had any accidents with the pram.
“It’s really disappointing. I was expecting to raise thousands of pounds for the charity.
“It’s a home event and if they change their mind it would be fantastic, but I’m not holding my breath.”
Dez, a runner with the charity since 2016, has been taking his daughter with him in a specially designed pushchair.
The charity organisers said he was in breach of rules and a safety hazard to both other runners and Elsie, adding they have a legal responsibility to protect children.
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Dez added: “They said it was against the rules of UK Athletics, but we spoke to them and they said there was no rule and it was down to organiser discretion.
“If they’re worried about space I’ll start from the back, I’ve been doing this for years and most people are very receptive.”
Hundreds have now signed a petition in support of Dez.
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