Entries are filling up quickly for the second Scottish Half Marathon on 19 September. The East Lothian event is expecting an increased field after the inaugural race in 2014.
2015 runners will include Clare Thomson, a Borders nurse taking on the half marathon in memory of her infant cousin. Nurse Auxiliary at Borders General Hospital, Claire was godmother to Connell Thomson who died aged just 18 months old in March 2009. It will be the first time Claire has run 13.1 miles, but she is determined to complete the distance to raise funds for Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) who took care of Connell at Rachel House Hospice in Kinross.
Claire explained: “He was born just before Christmas 2008, we were told that if he did survive, he would only survive until he was 20. But he would need 24 hour care. He was in the Borders General Hospital for a good six months and then cared for at Rachel’s House, but he sadly passed away on 23 March 2009.
The 27-year-old is also on a weight loss programme which she started in 2014 with a mini triathlon event. “I’ve been losing weight with Weightwatchers, so it keeps me focused. I’ve lost two and a half stone in the last year. I felt I would give myself the challenge and because I was Connell's godmother as well, I thought I would do it for CHAS."
Though, it’s still a few months away. Claire feels she is on track with her training: “I am getting there. The furthest I have run so far is three miles, so I have a little increasing to do, but I am slowly doing it week by week. I am hoping to raise £300.”
To sponsor Claire, visit her Just Giving page. Entries for the Scottish Half Marathon are open and start from £29.57. To sign up, visit the event website.