1,000 mile runner mum raises £1,200 for charity

Claire Hollingshurst, left, ran 1,000 miles in a year, inspiring Lubrizol colleague Hannah Swanborough on the way.

Claire Hollingshurst, left, ran 1,000 miles in a year, inspiring Lubrizol colleague Hannah Swanborough on the way.

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A Heanor woman who set out to run 1,000 miles in a year has raised £1,200 for charity after hitting her target with just four days to go.

Claire Hollingshurst took up running after her husband Tim threw down the gauntlet to family and friends in a bid to get fit during 2016.

She said: “Tim thought it would be a good idea to get as many people as he knew involved and so he put a message out on Facebook and 25 people signed up.”

Mum-of-two Claire had run a total of 180 miles during the whole of 2015, having only recently taken up the sport.

For added motivation, she decided to complete the challenge in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, the official charity of her chemical company employer, Lubrizol, and set a target of £1 for every mile.

She started her challenge on January 1, 2016, in Shipley Park and completed it on December 27, after running around 20 miles each week, in rain, sun, wind, hail and ice.

She said: “It was very difficult to motivate myself at times, but I got used to fitting in runs at every opportunity.

“Only five of us completed the challenge, but I beat Tim by four miles, and I was very happy to have done it.”

She added: “I raised just short of £700 through sponsorship, with Lubrizol adding £500 for a very worthy cause.”