Brothers take on run to keep Clare’s spirit alive
Three runners will take part in a poignant run on Sunday in memory of former Ashford Athletic Club member Clare Grossman.
Clare died from the disease vasculitis at the age of just 38.
Since then her close friend and fellow club member Janine Brown has been raising money in her memory for Vasculitis UK, Clare’s chosen charity.
The fundraising effort is known as Team Clare – in tribute to the late mother-of-two.
Janine Brown ran the New York Marathon in 2011 and the 2012 London Marathon in memory of Clare, raising more than £1,000 for the charity.
Her latest fundraiser is the London 10k and she will be joined on the run by two of Clare’s brothers, Kevin and Steven Soper.
Janine said: “They have never run a 10k before, so this is such a fantastic tribute to their sister.
“We are aiming to raise £3,000 for Vasculitis UK. Currently we have raised more then £1,500.
“We not only hope to raise awareness of the disease which attacks the immune system and can be fatal, as it was in Clare’s case, but also we want to keep Clare’s spirit alive.
“She was the life and soul of the party, was a fantastic team player for Ashford AC, and a great mother and wife and is still missed very dearly.”
She added: “Clare was an amazing person with such great spirit. Her zest for life touched so many of us in so many ways. I learnt so much from her as a young athlete going into the senior ranks.”
Janine is also running the Amsterdam marathon in October for Vasculitis UK.
To make a donation for the London 10k run go to www.justgiving.com/JANINE-EMMABROWN0
‘Clare was an amazing person with such great spirit’
Brothers Kevin, left, and Steven Soper who will be running in the London 10K with Janine Brown