Huge thanks to Claire who was another of our brilliant runners in our 2017 marathon team. Here Claire shares her impressive marathon story fitting runs in and around a busy schedule and raising amazing awareness and funds for us along the way.
As a busy working mum of 2, I was determined to complete the promise that I made to myself in my teens that I would run a marathon when I was 40. I didn’t think that I would get a place, having applied to run with a few charities but not made the cut. Then I found Crunch and saw that the EPT were looking for runners. This was perfect! My first pregnancy was an ectopic pregnancy and I had turned to the EPT website for help and support during my time of need. It was great to be able to support a charity close to my heart.
I began training in January, following the program on the London marathon website. It was tough going. Fitting in runs after putting the kids to bed, running in the rain, snow, dark, hail…… But I could see improvements and I began to feel proud and could, eventually, see it was possible.
Fundraising started slowly, but closer to the event the money began to steadily come in. Sharing information about the EPT with sponsors allowed me to raise awareness of a smaller charity and inform people about ectopic pregnancies. As I am a teacher, I was able to tell most of my classes about it which was great.
On the day, I started strongly, keeping up with the 4:45 pacers. After halfway, however, I slowed down but was able to keep going, beating my 5 hour target by a whole 41 seconds! My family and friends were amazing – seeing them in the crowds, kissing my kids on the final mile and then the emotions crossing that finish line will all ensure that it was a day that I will never forget! Thank you EPT for making it possible.
If you feel inspired and would like to donate to our marathon runners please see Claire and her fellow runners fundraising pages. Thank you so much for your support.