Mother on painkillers runs marathon for disabled people

29 March 2016

Claire and her running partner GillianDisabled people stand to benefit after a Milton Keynes mother of three pledged to push through the pain barrier to run the London Marathon for Leonard Cheshire Disability.

Claire Marr, a primary school teacher taking on her second marathon, is looking to raise £1,500 with her running partner Gillian Bailey.

‘I can't begin to imagine the struggles those with disabilities have to cope with on a daily basis,’ said Claire.

‘I'm really proud to be running for a charity that can make a real difference.

‘I'd like the money to be spent on something that provides greater access to comfort and enjoyment.’

The 40-year-old will be among 38,000 runners taking on the famous race on 24 April.

Claire is finding training a challenge, both physically and mentally.

‘I live with severe pelvic pain as a result of having my three children and exist on Ibuprofen and determination to get through the longer runs.’

Claire can be sponsored via her JustGiving page.

Leonard Cheshire Disability is the UK’s leading charity supporting disabled people.

Every year, we support thousands of people in the UK and around the world with physical and learning disabilities to fulfil their potential and live the lives they choose.

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Notes for editors

  1. Leonard Cheshire Disability is the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of services for disabled people. Our services include high-quality care and community support together with innovative projects supporting disabled people into education, employment and entrepreneurship. Worldwide, our global alliance of Cheshire partners supports disabled people into education and employment, and works in more than 50 countries. 
  2. The London Marathon involves 38,000 runners and this year takes place on Sunday, April 24. The race will be broadcast live on BBC television and radio. The Highway is the best place for disabled spectators to watch the race. The marathon passes along this road twice, between mile 13 and mile 14 and then between miles 21 and 22.