Clare completes UK's 'toughest marathon' for St Clare Hospice
PUBLISHED: 23:33 07 November 2017 | UPDATED: 23:33 07 November 2017
A mum-of-three has completed the UK’s “toughest marathon” as part of a year-long fundraising challenge in aid of St Clare Hospice.
Clare Gallagher, who lives in Newport but is originally from Great Dunmow, took on the Eastbourne Beachy Head Marathon at the end of last month – the tenth of 12 scheduled runs this year.
The 39-year-old Bishop’s Stortford Running Club member began the 12 races in 12 months running challenge in January for the hospice, which cared for her grandmother in 2015.
Clare’s grandmother Lily Este, from Great Hallingbury, was admitted to St Clare Hospice in March 2015 and passed away on April 11 – the same day Clare ran her first major race. Clare’s love of running, her nan and St Clare Hospice, has been connected ever since.
Clare said: “The Beachy Head Marathon is known as one of the toughest in the UK and was my hardest race yet – being one of the biggest off-road marathons in the country and featuring lots of steep climbs.
“The views along the coastline were absolutely spectacular – and I am so pleased I invested in a selfie-stick to capture photos along the route.
“We were so lucky that the weather was perfect for running.
“I ran the London Marathon in April which was amazing, but Beachy Head was even more exciting. It was my first off-road marathon and it was such a huge challenge for me – but through the most beautiful countryside.
“It was a really tough run with all the hills, but running it while fundraising for St Clare makes all the effort worth it.”
Clare’s final two races of 2017 are the Herts Half on November 19 and St Clare Hospice’s own festive running event, the Debden 5k Santa Run, on Sunday, December 3.
Emma Broadbent, challenges and events fundraiser at St Clare, said: “Clare has been undertaking such a huge challenge for us this year – 12 races in 12 months is no mean feat.
“Clare is not only a marathon runner, she is a marathon fundraiser too.”