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Success for region at Pride of Sport Awards

The Awards took place in London Photo: ITV

The Pride of Sport awards which are backed by Sport England, celebrate and recognise the unsung heroes of grassroots sport and honour people who have gone the extra mile to help others achieve their goals and overcome adversity.

They take place at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, and this year the region was honoured with two awards, Cumbrian 11-year-old Beau McKee, and 28-year-old Ali Hay from the Scottish Borders.

Beau McKee with his award Credit: ITV Border

Beau received his award for raising over £25,000 in a running challenge.

He runs three miles everyday and aims to keep going until he reaches 501 days, finishing on May 16th 2019.

So far raised he has £25,000 for the charity Macmillan.

Beau's dad Gary also fundraises for the cancer charity, and in 2017 ran 100 marathons in 100 days, raising more than £103,000.

Beau says he is inspired by his dad, and also took part in a half-marathon in August.

The £1,500 he raised went to help a local woman with a rare cancer to receive treatment in America.

I imagine there will be a lot of people joining him on his final day. What he's doing is incredible. It shows the person he is. He's not afraid to push himself."

– Gary McKee, Dad and 2017 Pride of Britain winner

28-year-old Ali Hay from Kelso also received an award for raising £200,000 in order to build a skatepark for children near his home.

The skate park had fallen into disrepair, so Ali set out to raise money to build a new concrete one.

Over a six year period he designed and helped build the project, all the while raising the £200,000 needed to turn it into a success.

He did all this whist juggling two businesses, looking after his two sons and managing his chronic asthma.

He is also an ambassador for Asthma UK.

Ali Hay is also an Asthma UK ambassador Credit: ITV