Colne daughter clocks up the miles in dad’s memory

RAISING MONEY: Claire Horsfield with her son Benjamin at the last Great Manchester Run. The picture was taken by Claire's dad Peter, who died in November (S)
RAISING MONEY: Claire Horsfield with her son Benjamin at the last Great Manchester Run. The picture was taken by Claire's dad Peter, who died in November (S)

A Colne daughter is going the extra mile to drive up funds for charity in memory of her dad.

Claire Horsfield, of Skipton Old Road, is currently training for the Great North Run, in the hope of raising as much money as possible for Pendleside Hospice.

The sales account manager decided to take on the 13.1 mile challenge following the death of her dad Peter Hartley in November. Mr Hartley was diagnosed with an incurable form of cancer three years ago.

The former maths teacher was a keen fell runner in his youth and competed in races including the London Marathon, Three Peaks Race and the Sierre-Zinal race. He was also a champion of the Karrimor International Mountain Marathon and the Haworth Hobble.

He stopped running following a hip replacement, but continued his hobby by photographing the sport.

Mrs Horsfield (38), who is mum to Laneshaw Bridge Primary School pupil Benjamin (8), said: “Last year when my dad was poorly, he was under the care of Christies, but he got palliative care from Pendleside Hospice. We decided to raise some money and Benjamin and I did the Manchester runs.

“We had already said we would do something bigger this year, and after my dad passed away in November, I thought I really need to up it. I will do the Great North Run in September, and Benjamin is going do the Junior Great Manchester Run in May.

“I am nervous, but excited. Our target last year was £500 and we raised £770, so this year our target is £770 and we hope we will get more.”

The Great North Run takes place on September 13th.

To make a donation to Claire visit www.justgiving.com/Claire-Horsfield4/