Running to help baby care in the long-run

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When little Alice Daley was born she weighed little more than a small bag of sugar after arriving 11 weeks premature.

Today, she is an active three-year-old with a seemingly endless supply of energy to keep her parents, Martin and Janine, constantly on the go.

Now dad Martin, from Haydock, is hoping to tap into some of that stamina before he embarks on a gruelling 100 mile run to raise cash for the doctors and nurses who cared for his daughter during her difficult first few weeks of life.

Dubbed the Thunder Run, the off-road race will start at noon on Saturday (July 26) with competitors running non-stop until noon the following day.

Martin, a former army commando, has already raised hundreds of pounds of the special care baby unit at Whiston Hospital where Alice was born. But he knows Saturday’s epic will be his toughest charity challenge yet.

He said: “Without the help of SCBU, Alice wouldn’t be as well as she is now. I can’t thank the hospital enough for all the care given to Alice during her stay.

“Running the Adidas Thunder Run is my way of giving a little back to the staff.”

Martin, a fuel tanker driver, has prepared by undertaking lung-busting runs to Bolton and back but has plenty of sporting pedigree to give him confidence, having finished eighth in last year’s St Helens 10k.

Janine added: “Martin has always kept himself in shape from his army days but this is by far the longest race he’s ever done.

“The care we received at Whiston was second to none. When Alice was born she weighed 2lbs and 7oz but then dropped down to just 2IIBs the next day.

“Because of her size she developed chronic lung disease and had to stay in hospital for 12 weeks. She is absolutely fine now and that is down to care she received at Whiston. Martin is a determined person and he has set himself a target of doing 100 miles.”

Runners taking part in the Addidas Thunder Run must complete as many circuits of a 10k off-road course in Derbyshire.

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