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Carlisle company director supports vulnerable children at the 2017 London Marathon

Clare Houghton
Clare Houghton

[A] 53-year-old a child care company owner from Carlisle, who was inspired to run the London Marathon to help vulnerable children and young people, proudly crossed the finish line on Sunday to raise hundreds of pounds for The Children’s Society.

Clare Houghton completed the gruelling 26.2 mile course in an impressive four hours and 35 minutes on Sunday 23 April to support the charity’s work with the most vulnerable children across the country suffering abuse, hardship and neglect.

Clare, who has run three previous marathons but this was her first London Marathon, is passionate about helping young people – a cause that led her to run for the charity. She chose to take on this personal challenge for The Children’s Society because she has been working with children in care for most of her adult life and helping children is something she is extremely passionate about.  So far, Clare has raised £1,930 towards the charity’s work with vulnerable young people.

Reflecting on her personal challenge and determination to make a difference, Clare said: “I have been working with children in care for 33 years so I know the challenges many face and running for The Children’s Society was an obvious choice because of their work with looked after children.”

“All donations have come from friends and family- they’ve been great! What a fantastic place to run a marathon. The crowds and support from the charity was amazing!”

The Children’s Society’s Challenge Event Coordinator, Reena Ruda says: “Running the London Marathon is a truly amazing accomplishment and Clare’s inspiring efforts will help to make a real difference to young people’s lives.   Clare’s fundraising, along with all of our London Marathon runners, will support our vital work with children who often have nowhere left to turn.”

Clare’s online sponsorship page can be viewed at