Broth­ers take on run to keep Clare’s spirit alive

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - School Fete -

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.just­giv­

‘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

Clare Gross­man

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