Clare to take on half-marathon in aid of Bury St Edmunds hospice in memory of friend

Clare Black is taking on the Great North Run ANL-150508-154940001
Clare Black is taking on the Great North Run ANL-150508-154940001
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A Bury St Edmunds charity runner says she has found a personal motivation in training for a half-marathon which she will take on in memory of a late friend.

Clare Black is attempting her first Great North Run, from Newcastle upon Tyne to South Shields, on September 13 in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care.

It is in memory of her friend John Birch, who died last month and was cared for by the hospice.

She was due to take part in the half-marathon last year but was forced to pull out due to injury and is busy training.

The 29-year-old said: “I used to find it hard to get out of bed when my alarm went off for training in the morning. Now, I find it easy because I think about John. On the day of the run I know I will be an emotional wreck but thinking of John and his family is what will get me finished.”

She was inspired to support the hospice after seeing how they cared for Mr Birch.

“I’d never been in a hospice before and I took my son, who is three, with me,” she said. “John’s wife had told me it wasn’t a scary place and not like a hospital.

“I was struck by how easy it was to go and see John there, and how welcoming it was. It was great that John’s young daughter had been able to visit him and that he always seemed comfortable and happy there.

“Out of a horrible situation, the hospice made it easy for the people he loved to be with him.”

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