Limavady teacher Claire Scott laced up her trainers for the Belfast Marathon yesterday to raise funds for the NSPCC, and is hoping she can encourage others runners to do the same when they take on the 26.2 miles in Derry next month.
The NSPCC in Foyle is looking for runners who have signed up to take part in the Walled City Marathon on 2 June to go the extra mile and help raise funds for the NSPCC’s vital services in the city.
Claire (26) from Limavady is a volunteer at the NSPCC’s ChildLine base in Foyle and yesterday ran the Belfast City Marathon to raise money for the service.
“I have always hoped to someday complete a marathon and thought that sooner rather than later was probably the best option! So in a moment of madness last year I thought, ‘why not?’ and signed up for the Belfast Marathon,” she said. “I have previously completed the Great North Run (a half marathon) in Newcastle in 2010, although I had done very little running since then, so I was back to ‘square one’ when starting to train for this full marathon. All of my friends thought I was crazy and I knew this was going to be a huge challenge. The training has been intense and time-consuming alongside a full-time job, studying for my British Sign Language level 2, and volunteering for ChildLine. I managed to convince another friend to join me and having a training partner really helped.
“I have volunteered for ChildLine for almost 2 years now and the moment I signed up for the marathon I knew there was only one charity that I wanted to run it for. I have witnessed firsthand the wonderful support ChildLine can offer to children and young people. I was so naive when I started the counselling training and thought, ‘This stuff doesn’t really happen, there’s no way people could do such terrible things to children’, but unfortunately I was very wrong and it happens so much more than I could have imagined. Therefore running 26 miles is the very least I could do to raise money for ChildLine to help them continue to make a difference to the lives of children and young people.”
Runners signed up for the Walled City Marathon who are interested in joining the NSPCC’s team to raise funds for the services in the city, including ChildLine, the Young Witness Service and various support and recovery programmes, can contact 028 9035 1135 or email email@example.com for sponsorship materials and training support.