Paris marathon run in memory of friend

Clare Cronin
Clare Cronin

A St Helens teacher will be taking part in the Paris Marathon this weekend in honour of a friend who died of cancer.

Clare Cronin will be joining over 54,000 runners on Sunday to help raise funds for the hospice which cared for her friend and neighbour, Paul Fairchild.

Paul was ‘living with cancer, not dying of cancer’ and the work, love and support Willowbrook offered Paul and his family and friends was beyond amazing

Clare Cronin

The 29-year-old said: “Paul was a lovely man and had achieved more in 29 years than most people do in a life time. He’d ran two half marathons to help raise thousands of pounds for Cancer Research and had a beautiful partner Aneta, and two amazing children, Jamie aged four and Sophie aged two.”

Paul had already battled cancer three times when he was diagnosed in September 2014 with terminal cancer. Just eight weeks later, Paul was admitted to Willowbrook Hospice, where he spent the final two weeks of his life.

Clare added: “Paul’s character, strength and determination carried him and his family through the darkest time of their lives. Paul was ‘living with cancer, not dying of cancer’ and the work, love and support Willowbrook offered Paul and his family and friends was beyond amazing.

“Training for the marathon has been a long journey with highs and lows. I’ve pushed myself to levels I never thought I’d achieve but what’s kept me going is knowing that I’m helping raise money for Willowbrook Hospice in memory of Paul. The hospice provides round the clock care and support for local families in times of need and I just want to do my little bit to make a difference.”

To support Clare and help raise money for Willowbrook Hospice, visit https://www.justgiving.com/Clare-Cronin