Meet our #TeamOrange Marathon runners-Clare Whetton

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Rory Criddle

We are so proud to have such an amazing team of runners taking on the 2019 London Marathon for Muscular Dystrophy UK. One of these runner’s is Clare Whetton from Atherstone.

Clare told us why she chose to join #TeamOrange. “I chose to run the London Marathon for Muscular Dystrophy UK as it’s a charity very close to my heart. Sadly I lost my Auntie Jackie to the condition and this is who I will be running the 26.2 mile course in memory of. It is for sure going to be an emotional day.”

As one of our charity place runners, Clare has pledged to raise over £1,750 and she has already exceeded this target! “I have just gone over £2000 fundraising with lots more to collect. Getting to my target, luckily for me has been quite easy as I have a hair and beauty salon, so it’s been a topic of conversation for some time. So with sponsors and charity pots in the salon, clients have been so generous. I’ve also done a Christmas raffle and a quiz night with my local running club which again topped it up nicely. Also, I recently did a lovely spring walk around one our local, pretty private hall estates, finished with coffee and cake so this went down a treat”.

With only a few weeks until the big day, Clare’s training is almost complete but it hasn’t been easy. “My training had a bit of a set back to start with, because at Christmas I was being treated for muscle and tendon damage to my ankle. After 8 weeks of getting no better I had an MRI, which showed I had a stress fracture. Absolutely gutted was an understatement, I wanted this so bad and not running was not an option! I was told I needed 8 weeks of complete rest, which took me into February, but I had no option but to do as I was told.”

“Seeing all my running buddies progress and upping the distances was a really hard time for me but the count down began. Fast forwarding… February came and I tried to jog a little around the block, I was so scared it wasn’t mended but it had! I had no pain at all so from then I have built back up and completed my longest run of 21 miles.”

This will be Clae’s first marathon and she is determined to enjoy the experience. “I am not aiming for a time, it’s my first marathon so I am going to enjoy it and soak up the amazing atmosphere and do my auntie Jackie and family proud.”

We are so grateful for the support of people like Clare and we can’t wait to show our appreciation by cheering her and the rest of our #TeamOrange runners around the course on Sunday 28 April.

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