Sheffield mum Claire’s half marathon bid for Joshua

runningBS''Claire and Andy Lilley at the end of the Reading Half Marathon
runningBS''Claire and Andy Lilley at the end of the Reading Half Marathon

CLAIRE Lilley can’t stand running - and for her entire life the mum-of-two has avoided it.

But the 36-year-old pulled on a pair of trainers and ran the Reading Half Marathon to say thank you to Sheffield Children’s Hospital, which supported her little boy.

Claire said: “I absolutely detest running, I’ll do any other type of exercise just to avoid it! But in a very weak moment my husband managed to convince me to run a half marathon with him.”

Claire and husband Andy, from Worksop, raised more than £1,000 for The Children’s Hospital Charity after son Joshua was treated for albinism, a disorder which affects the eyes and skin.

“I had to keep reminding myself I was doing it to give back to the hospital that has done so much to help Joshua, that’s what spurred me on,” said Claire.

Joshua was referred to a specialist at Sheffield Children’s Hospital at three months.

“Andy and I had never heard of the condition before,” said Claire. “We were in shock.”

Joshua, now 13 months, is recovering well.

Claire, also mum to two-year-old Samuel, added: “He’s reaching all his milestones and acting like a typical toddler, with only the occasional tantrum when he doesn’t want to do something, like wear his glasses.”

Jenny Smedley, orthoptist at the hospital, said: “Joshua was given tinted glasses to help him see better and we’ve seen a significant improvement in his vision and behaviour since wearing them.”