Claire Wallace from Lincoln has set herself the challenge of running a marathon just a year after giving birth to her first child. The 30-year-old doctor is taking on the Manchester Marathon on 3rd April in aid of disability charity Sense after balancing training with raising her one-year-old daughter.
Claire loved going running before having a baby but found it difficult to find time to run after her daughter was born. This changed, five months in, when Claire bought a running buggy, which allowed her to take her baby out on runs. Claire even competed a half-marathon in September pushing her baby daughter in front of her.
This will be the second marathon Claire has run, and despite the difficulties balancing training with raising a child she’s hoping for a Personal Best of under 3 hours 40 minutes.
Claire is raising money for disability charity Sense, one of the marathon’s official charity partners for 2022. Sense supports children and adults with complex disabilities, including deafblindness.
Claire Wallace said:
“Running a marathon is a big challenge for me a year after having had my first baby. I’ve really enjoyed training and getting fitter, but it’s been hard work. The thought of getting over the finish line and seeing my husband and daughter cheer me on is keeping me going.
“I’m running the Manchester Marathon for Sense because I believe everyone deserves an opportunity to live life in all its fullness. Sense does brilliant work supporting children and adults who are deafblind or have complex disabilities and I’m glad to be supporting them.”
Richard Kramer, Chief Executive at Sense, said:
“Preparing to run a marathon is a big challenge at any time but doing so alongside raising a baby is incredible. We’re very grateful Claire took on this challenge and will be joining us at the Manchester Marathon as part of Team Sense.
“The money Claire has raised will enable us to support more children and adults living with complex disabilities to communicate and experience the world.
“We can’t wait to cheer Claire on from the side-lines when she takes to the Manchester streets.”
Claire has raised £293 so far and hopes to raise £500. To sponsor Claire please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Claire-wallace33
For more information about Sense please visit www.sense.org.uk