Big-hearted Bury St Edmunds siblings take on More than a Marathon challenge in memory of Sophie Claydon
Three siblings from Bury St Edmunds have committed to running 28 miles in 28 days this month, in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Daisy, Barney and Lucie-Rose Jull, who are aged 13, 11 and 10 respectively, have taken on the More than a Marathon challenge in memory of their mum’s cousin Sophie Claydon, who died of kidney cancer aged 25 last year.
“The children had never experienced someone passing who was so close to us so Sophie was the first,” said mum Melissa.
“When Sophie was in Addenbrooke’s Hospital she was so well supported and looked after by the Teenage Cancer Trust and the children took a lot of heart from that and felt it really made a difference to Sophie’s last few months of her life. They wanted to give back to that.”
The three siblings, who call themselves Sophie’s Little Runners, started the challenge on May 1 and have run one mile every day since then, mostly in the mornings before school. They can now run a mile in under 10 minutes.
“I’m so proud of them. They are not natural runners by any means. Daisy and Barney have both got asthma and the first few days they had to push through coughing and spluttering,” said Melissa.
“But it’s great to see them now start to enjoy it and feel better for it. They’ve even asked if they can keep it up once the challenge is over, though maybe not every day.”
Family and friends have joined the children on some of their morning runs, including Sophie's dad and brother.
Staff and pupils at Westley Middle School, where Daisy and Lucie-Rose are pupils, who also ran a mile with them one lunch time.
A goal to raise £100 was set at the start of the challenge, but the tenacious trio have so far raised a total of more than £655.
“We’ve had amazing support from everyone and it’s been absolutely fantastic. The children are just over the moon,” said Melissa.
“It’s great to see them bonding and pulling each other along when one is struggling. I’m absolutely amazed by them. They’ve really taken it on and they’re determined to complete it.”
The little runners will take on their last mile at 11.30am on Monday at Nowton Park and are inviting anyone to go along and join them.
To donate, visit more-than-a-marathon.everydayhero.com/uk/sophie-s-little-runners