Felixstowe runner Clare Rood pledges to face her fears and compete in London Marathon

Clare Rood, who is taking on the London Marathon. Picture: MIKE BOWDEN

Clare Rood, who is taking on the London Marathon. Picture: MIKE BOWDEN - Credit: Mike Bowden

Despite having a fear of crowds, a Felixstowe woman is taking on one of the biggest public races in the UK to support the charity for which she works.

Clare Rood, human resources manager for Ormiston Families, will run the London Marathon on April 23 and is aiming to raise £1,800 for the cause, as well as overcoming hurdles of her own.

She said: “I really believe in Ormiston Families’ mission and I have seen first-hand how important the charity’s work is to those in need across the region.

“After 11 years I wanted to show my support by doing something big, and as I’m scared of crowds and worried about tripping over my own feet running the marathon seemed a fitting challenge.”

With various fundraising events planned, including an office sweepstake, helping out neighbours for a small donation and selling refreshments to parents at her daughter’s football matches, Ms Rood is feeling confident about raising the amount pledged.

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