Ready for the off.
The second annual Andrew Carter Memorial Mile raised more than £800 for Tom and Claire’s fund and CRY on Saturday, September 3.
Andrew was taking part in the 2014 Ealing Half Marathon when he collapsed shortly before the end after a cardiac arrest. He passed away the following Wednesday.
His family, who are keen to promote CRY’s work, said: “Andrew loved his life in Ealing which had become his home over the last five years. He was a fit and healthy young man who typified all that is great in life. He loved all sports, especially running, swimming, and football.
Ealing Half Marathon organisers Sandra Courtney and Kelvin Walker, who organised the race, said: “We were delighted that over 70 people took part, with local runners joining family and friends in completing the mile. The winner was Jonathan Horan in a time of 05:20 with the leading woman being Sophie Foxall in 06:47.
“Well done and huge thanks to everyone that came along and helped to raise funds for such a great cause.”
Paul Clabburn said: “We’re very grateful to Andrew’s family and all the runners for making such a wonderful contribution to the Fund in support of CRY. The next free CRY heart screenings taking place in Ealing for young people aged 14-35 will be held in November.”
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Team Tom IX – well, two-thirds of them.
Around 50 people walked for Team Tom IX in memory of Tom and Claire on CRY’s 10th Heart of London Bridges Walk on Sunday, June 26.
It was a fantastic turnout and we are grateful for the effort people yet again made. Given that this was our ninth year of walking, to maintain such numbers is remarkable and a tribute to all involved.
Ellen said: “It was lovely to see so many people and we really appreciated that they had given up their time to walk with us and for CRY.”
More than a thousand people registered for the walk.
Jamie at the end of the Chester Marathon.
When he stands at the start line for Sunday’s London Marathon, Jamie Gavin will be aiming to complete a fantastic triple in aid of Tom and Claire’s Fund and CRY.
Jamie, a BBC Sport journalist, has already run the Liverpool Marathon on June 14 last year and the Chester Marathon on October 4. Now he’s on the verge of realising his ambition of three marathons in under a year for CRY.
He said: “With all the selfless time and effort Claire put in for so many young journalists, it will be really special to run in aid of Tom and Claire’s fund and CRY again – this time in London, where we spent the first weeks of our training at the BBC with Claire.”
“All the support and donations received throughout the three marathons has made it more than worthwhile, and it would be amazing to break through the £1000 raised barrier this week – we’re nearly there!
“It feels like I’ve been in training for ever, so I’m really looking forward to finally getting out there and running the race in front of the crowds.”
You can support Jamie here.
Claire and Liz.
BBC journalist Liz Rawlings will be tackling her first marathon in memory of Claire and to support CRY when she takes part in this year’s London event on Sunday.
Liz said: “Claire was – and remains – a legend at the BBC. She started the Journalism Trainee Scheme which gave me and so many others our starts.
“I was a trainee in Claire’s 5th year running the scheme. She was so much more than a manager to us – she was a mentor and friend.
“We found out relatively early on in the scheme what had happened to Tom and the brilliant work Cardiac Risk in the Young did. Claire spoke so passionately about the charity and was always organising events to raise money. After Claire died, I decided to run the London Marathon to raise money for CRY in her memory. I have been running for a few years – but this is my first marathon.
“I hope I can raise as much money for CRY as possible. I’m nearly at my target, but the more money I can raise the more young people can be tested – and more lives saved.
“I haven’t thought much about what I’ll do after the marathon – 26.2 miles seems a long way – but one thing is certain, I’ll have a glass of Prosecco. It’s what Claire would have wanted!”
You can sponsor Liz here.
This year’s annual Ealing Eagles Running Club 10k on Sunday, May 8, 2016, will be run in aid of Cardiac Risk in the Young.
You can sign-up for the run in Gunnersbury Park, Popes Lane, Ealing, here.
Race director Dan Houghton said: “We’re proud to be supporting CRY through the 2016 Ealing Eagles 10k and would like to encourage as many people as possible to take part and support such a worthwhile charity.
“We have chosen CRY this year because we passionately believe that young people should be able to attend free screenings that could identify undiagnosed heart conditions and we have a local connection with the Tom and Claire Memorial Fund.”
Paul Clabburn said: “We are very grateful for the ongoing support Ealing Eagles offer to CRY and to the Tom and Claire Memorial Fund. We will be holding further free heart screenings in Ealing in November but if anyone has concerns in the meantime, they can book a screening via the CRY screening diary here or contact CRY on 01737 363222.”