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Report by Ian Lockyer
2014-09-29 22:18:27

Thanet Roadrunners Coach Tackles Beachy Head Marathon for East Kent Hospitals Charity

An athletics coach from Thanet Roadrunners AC who once benefited from the work of the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) at the William Harvey hospital is tackling one of the toughest marathons in the country to raise money the unit.  Claire Stirk is tackling the challenging Beachy Head Marathon (formerly known as the Seven Sisters Marathon) on the 25th of October to raise money for East Kent Hospitals Charity that aims to provide equipment and facilities for patients and their families in the care of East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust. 

Claire  said, ‘Back in 2005, I gave birth to premature twins born 16 weeks early weighing only 1lb 7 and 1lb 12ounces. I found out I was pregnant just before Richard and I got married in the September and by the December they were born, our lives were all over the place and we had to travel to the William Harvey hospital most days taking our other daughter, Maddie, who was only 3 at the time, not knowing if they would even survive.  Gradually, though, they improved and grew stronger fighting off several infections on the way. 

‘The staff at Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU)  were amazing and it was during this time that I started helped to clear my head. I always vowed that one day I would run a marathon and it would be to try and raise a little money to help put something back into the unit that saved my babies lives.‘

She added, ‘Today my twins are perfect other then both being very short sighted in one eye-a small price to pay to have them with us. They  are both into their running like me and my husband.  I constantly refer to them as my miracle twins and I feel we have all come such a long way in their 8 years and I will never forget the William Harvey hospital days which became our second home,  the constant bleeping of the machines will stay with me forever and this is my turn to thank the amazing staff that made this all possible.’ 

‘A final note is to say that I am not relishing this marathon nor do I ever intend to run another-this is purely a one off for a very special cause  Amen x.’

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