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.”