Heathfield woman swaps football for running shoes

Clare Nichols from Heathfield who is currently training to run in the Brighton Marathon
Clare Nichols from Heathfield who is currently training to run in the Brighton Marathon
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A Heathfield woman is setting herself a tough test by ‘upgrading’ her fitness from 10k levels to a full-scale marathon.

Clare Nichols is a football development officer. She’s kicked off 2015 by getting into serious training for the Brighton Marathon which she aims to run to raise money for Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice.

Clare, 35, has never run a marathon before but always thought she would like to. After completing three 10K runs, one for the Sussex based hospice, Clare read a quote that said ‘Don’t let your wishbone replace your backbone’ which motivated her to sign up for the 26.2 mile race in March.

Clare, whose job it is to get more women, girls and people with a disability into football, heard about the charity through work and was invited to one of Chestnut Tree House’s open days.

Clare said: “I visited Chestnut Tree House and saw first-hand what an exceptional charity it is. My dad has run two marathons before which inspired me and what better reason to run a marathon than for Sussex’s only children’s hospice? With the help of my work I’m going to be recording some training videos and using social media to truly get the message about this amazing charity out there and document my efforts. I would urge anyone thinking about running a marathon to be motivated by my motto too.”

Chestnut Tree House offers specialist palliative care to 300 children and young people with life-shortening and life-threatening illnesses in East and West Sussex and South East Hampshire.