A runner from Garston is about to embark on her toughest challenge to date by taking part in the Brighton Marathon.
After four unsuccessful years of applying for the London Marathon, Clare Holland decided to take things into her own hands. She applied and paid the £68 fee to take part in the 2019 Brighton Marathon.
However, this was the year the London Marathon accepted Clare’s application but with only two weeks between the races, Clare is still considering deferring the London Marathon until 2020.
With this being the Kingswood Road resident’s first marathon, she has decided to run for Peace Hospice Care, a charity based in Watford that cares for people living with a terminal illness and their families across south west Hertfordshire.
Clare said: “They are a local hospice that relies on charity donations. My husband, Stephen, was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2011 and it makes you aware of what’s not available.”
Clare is positive that training is going well and is taking part in marathon training runs with the gade valley harriers; a club organised by runners for runners, renowned for their marathon training runs.
Clare said she was nervous for the event as this is her biggest run.
She said: “I have no idea what I’ve let myself in for. I’ve run 16 miles before, but this is 26.2 miles.”
Clare is looking forward to the race and then a well-earned rest.
Clare said: “I will make it. Even if I have to crawl, I will make it.”
To donate to Clare’s run, visit justgiving.com/fundraising/clare-holland8