Claire Tackles the Great North Run!
On the 10th of September Merchandiser Claire took part in the Great North Run in memory of her son George and to raise money for Sands. We catch up with Claire to find out how she got along on her half marathon!
Prior to partaking in the Great North Run Claire arranged a bake sale at Amara HQ to raise funds and as everyone knows, Team Amara can’t resist a good cake!
Claire told us about why she was taking part in the Great North Run…
On Sunday 10th September I ran the Great North Run in memory of my son George and raising money for Sands (stillbirth & neonatal death charity). The Great North Run is the largest half marathon in the world, with participants running between Newcastle upon Tyne and South Shields. Running isn’t my forte & 7 months ago I couldn’t run 1km, let alone contemplate running 21km/13.1miles! Since learning I was successful in the ballot I’ve been running 3 times a week and even run home from work a couple of times.
On the 15th May 2013 my husband & I experienced heartbreak & devastation when our 1st child, our beautiful son George was stillborn. Without warning our whole world was turned upside down. Although we are lucky enough to have our amazing daughter Elsie, the pain of losing George will never leave us. George would be 4 now & should have been starting school next month. I ran in memory of him, along with trying to raising awareness of stillbirth. Heartbreakingly stories like ours are more common than you think & stillbirth is not a rare tragedy. In the UK in 2014 one in every 219 births was a stillbirth. This is around 10 babies a day.
Sands is a UK charity that works across the country to support anyone affected by the death of a baby; improve the care bereaved parents receive from health care and other professionals; and reduce the number of babies who die by funding research and working closely with other organisations to create a world where fewer babies die.
Claire completed the 21km run in an impressive 2 hours and 27 minutes and told us “I enjoyed every second of the run, although my legs weren’t too happy from about mile 10 onwards!” Claire also beat her fundraising target and raised an amazing £1115!
Everyone at Amara is so proud of Claire and her sister Emily for raising a great amount of money for such a wonderful charity and for all the hard work and training it took to complete the Great North Run. You can find out more about Sands on their website.