St Albans rookie runner takes on marathon challenge in memory of her dad

Clare said she hasn

Clare said she hasn't run since school

Archant

A novice runner will be taking on her biggest fundraising challenge yet for a charity close to her heart.

Clare's next bake sale will be at her home in Hadrian Close on April 16 between 2-5pmClare's next bake sale will be at her home in Hadrian Close on April 16 between 2-5pm

Clare Taylor, of Hadrian Close, St Albans, lost her father to Parkinson’s in August last year after his 28-year battle with the disease.

She has organised various fundraising events in previous years, racking up thousands for charity Parkinson’s UK, which carry out vital research into condition for which there is currently no cure.

But alongside her usual events, Clare has also decided to run the London Marathon for the charity.

She said: “I hadn’t done any running since cross country at school. People say not to make any big decisions when you’re grieving but I guess I ignored that memo.

“My Dad was a big runner. He ran numerous half marathons and one marathon, and he would think I was mad for signing up.

“I would always watch the London Marathon with him every year and this challenge seems like a really fitting way to honour him and the times we shared together.”

Clare has to raise a minimum of £2,000 for the charity and alongside her yearly bake sale at her home, set to take place on April 16, she will also be hosting a fundraising evening at the King Harry in St Albans this Saturday (27).

Guests can expect night of quizzes and old-school board game tournaments including Simon, Four Coloured Lights, Shove Ha’penny and Labyrinth.

The event officially begins at 7pm, but Clare will be at the pub collecting from about 5pm for the showing of the England v Ireland rugby match.

To sponsor Clare visit www.justgiving.com/Claretaylor2001

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Herts Advertiser visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Herts Advertiser staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Herts Advertiser account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More news stories

Yesterday, 18:00
Elizabeth's Friends London to Paris bike ride team

A group of six St Albans women have cycled 348 miles from London to Paris to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Yesterday, 12:00
Chloe James owners Maria Allen and Donna Nichol © Pink Soul Photography

A St Albans lifestyle shop has been named among 100 small businesses in the UK to be celebrated by the Small Business Saturday campaign.

Yesterday, 06:00
Around 150 people attended the celebratory garden party

A range of stalls and children’s activities were laid on at a garden party to mark the anniversary of a nursing and residential home.

Fri, 16:55
St Albans Hospital.  Minor injuries unit.

Residents’ views on the future of hospital services in West Herts are being sought at a meeting in St Albans next week.

Education

Thu, 17:10
Students achieve record results for third year in a row

Students at Nicholas Breakspear Catholic School in St Albans have achieved record results for the third year in a row.

Read more

St Albans Sinkhole News

Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Bernards Heath playground

Uncertainty over the long-term stability of a playground near St Albans’ sinkhole has resulted in the site being temporarily closed for further investigations.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the The Herts Advertiser e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Most read stories

Local business directory

Hertfordshire's trusted business finder
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Most commented stories

Herts Most Wanted Herts Business Awards