Clare has been running for approximately 12 years. She initially trained to do a race for life after the death of a close friend. Following she joined a women’s running group and the 5k’s soon became 10k’s, half marathons and full marathons. She has done about 35 half marathons and 7 marathons.
Clare quotes 'I’m by no means quick but love being part of a supportive running community. Please don’t get me wrong, I still moan, huff, puff and sweat! I now run regularly with the Exmouth Running Belles and I am a group leader'
This year I was lucky enough to get a ballot place to run the London Marathon (rare as hens teeth and wasn’t intending to raise money) However, since then a dear friend of mine has been diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer. She has been incredible over the last few months and I’d like to run this in support of her. During her cancer journey she has been supported and expertly treated by the wonderful Exmouth Hospiscare staff. The charity provides this care in my local community and runs entirely by charitable donations. I also didn’t realize they care for more than patients who are dying, they provide symptom control, support and advice and often coordinate care and empower patients on their journey.
This is likely to be my last marathon so I’ve decided to see if I can help this charity and play a part in keeping it going.
Running 26.2 miles is not easy. I’m busy training, which is not that fun at times. However, my discomfort and inconvenience pales into significance compared to what my dear friend is going through. So, this ones for you J. For you and your beautiful family. Love you xx
So folks, if you’d like to donate I’d be most grateful. There is no pressure and no target so every single penny is welcomed by the folks in my community.
Sarah quotes 'Last summer my much loved and phenomenally active Grandfather was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. At the point of diagnosis Grandpa was 93, still playing a round of golf a week, single handedly looking after a huge and beautiful garden, playing several hands of bridge each month and participating in not one, but two book clubs.
In the months since his diagnosis some of these hobbies may have reduced, but his family have seen all of the same energy, resilience and (often dark) humour from him in the face of this horrible disease.
In March he went into the Exeter Hospiscare facility for some rest bite care and we saw how fantastic the facilities are, and what a difference they can make to patients and their families. Not only that, but we were reminded of the other strong family link we have with Hospiscare through our grandmother, who was deeply involved in the fundraising efforts to build the Centre back in the 90's. The fact that one of the team took the time to locate, scan and frame an old archive photo of our grandmother standing over the foundations of the Centre as they were being laid shows the very personal and loving care that the staff provide. It was a lovely reminder of the many ways Hospiscare have been in our lives for several decades.
So I am running the London marathon on Sunday to raise funds for Hospiscare Exmouth and Lympstone - following in the footsteps of my grandmother, and to say thank you to the team for the huge difference they have made to my grandfather.'
We are thrilled to be chosen as the charity to benefit from this huge challenge that Clare and Sarah are taking on for us, please help us to support all of their efforts by donating to their Just Giving Pages -CLARE'S JUST GIVING PAGE SARAH'S JUST GIVING PAGE