Marathon mum hits road in Sidmouth

Runner Claire Ashby is supporting the Family Holiday Association

Runner Claire Ashby is supporting the Family Holiday Association - Credit: Archant

A Sidmouth mum-of-three is taking on the London Marathon so struggling families can take a break – and she’s already clocked up 500 miles in preparation.

Claire Ashby (pictured) is a part-owner of High Street travel company Alternative Aquitaine, which has been a corporate sponsor of the Family Holiday Association (FHA) for a few years now.

She was fortunate enough to get a sought-after space in the April race, so decided to go one step further for the charity.

“I am very lucky that I am able to run in and around Sidmouth - the panoramic views and glorious sunrises have made the miles pass more easily,” said Claire.

“I have now run close to 500 miles and am looking forward to the big day on April 24, when I will join over 30,000 other runners taking part in one of the biggest marathon events in the world.”

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The FHA supports families for whom holidays are unachievable, due to their financial or personal circumstances, or as a result of illness or bereavement.

It owns some caravans at Exmouth’s Sandy Bay to give families a short break by the seaside.

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