Shireoaks: Marathon success after 10 years of applying

Claire Nixon from Shireoaks is running the London Marathon
Claire Nixon from Shireoaks is running the London Marathon

A Shireoaks woman has finally won a place in this year’s London Marathon - after 10 years of applying.

Claire Nixon has always loved running, but the most she ever ran was a 10km race.

After 10 years of applying for the London Marathon, she had almost given up her dream of running along the 26-mile route.

That was until now. The mother has finally won a place in the world famous race.

“I have always loved running,” she said. “The biggest race I ran was a 10km and then I got pregnant with my little boy three years ago.”

“I’ve got a treadmill in the garage. Everyone used to call me Forrest Gump.”

“I applied every year for ten years.”

“I cried when I found out I’d got a place. I can’t believe I’ve got a place at my age. I know I can do it and I’m hoping to do it in under five hours.”

Claire, 41, will be running in aid of Children with Cancer UK and has set a £1,500 target.

Claire is organising a race night is being organised at Kilton Golf Club on 22nd February to help her reach her target.

Claire is in need of raffle prizes and is looking for any businesses who can help. The Charnwood Hotel have kindly donated an overnight stay for two with show, dinner and breakfast. Anyone business who can help can contact Claire on 07889880980.

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