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Claire runs 1,200 miles in aid of the hospice

During 2018 Claire Roche will be taking on an incredible running challenge as she hopes to complete 1,200 miles, including a marathon, in aid of Eden Valley Hospice. The challenge will be special for Claire as she raises money in memory of her close friend Anna Pike, who was cared for by the Carlisle based charity.

Claire, 38 from St Helen’s explains,

“I met Anna when I shared a house with her in Leeds after university 15 years ago. I chose to run 1,200 miles and take on a marathon as I used to always moan to Anna if I had to walk literally to the shops, so when I told her I’d taken up running she thought it was fantastic and funny in equal measure.

“The first run I ever went on was with Anna but I walked home after 400m so it wasn’t exactly a success. I would never have done a marathon but in Jenny’s (Anna’s Mum) speech at Anna’s memorial service Jenny told us to take a piece of Anne with us, so this is what I’m doing.”

The money raised by Claire in memory of Anna will help Eden Valley Hospice to provide the highest standards of care, support and activities to local adults with life limiting illnesses. This care and compassion is extended to all the patients’ family, friends and carers.

Claire continued,

“I’m doing different events over the year including the Rock and Roll Marathon in Liverpool, the Great North Run and averaging between 75 to 125 miles a month in running, even getting the kids involved in random 2 miles runs. I also ran every day in January which helped my mileage.

“I’m looking forward to the finish line when I complete the marathon and the sense of accomplishment when I complete my 1,200 mile challenge and see that a hard start to the year can still bring some positive achievements. I know it will be a challenge but I’m in a fab running club and have some fab people to support me. Ultimately, I think running gives me some headspace to think about stuff I might find challenging.”

If you would like to sponsor Claire as she completes the 1,200 mile running challenge in aid of Eden Valley Hospice please visit her JustGiving page.