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Claire gets her running shoes on for Action Cancer

Claire Kearney and Steven Fairfield who will be running the Budapest Marathon in aid of Action Cancer. A pub quiz will be held before the marathon in Hagues Bar to raise money for the cause US2107-401 PM

Claire Kearney and Steven Fairfield who will be running the Budapest Marathon in aid of Action Cancer. A pub quiz will be held before the marathon in Hagues Bar to raise money for the cause US2107-401 PM

LISBURN girl Claire Kearney has been putting on her running shoes on a regular basis lately as she prepares to take part in the Budapest Half Marathon in aid of Action Cancer this September.

21-year-old Claire, who will be taking part in the run with her friend Steven Fairfield, is hoping to raise at least 800 for the charity which is close to her heart.

She explained, "My grandmother died of breast cancer, which is one of the main reasons for taking part.

" I also work for Action Cancer so I see everyday what is going on. The clinic is so great, I see the work they do and where the money will go - towards the Action Cancer Big Bus, the screening services and counselling services."

Claire has been training hard over the past few months as she prepares herself for the 13 mile challenge. I'm getting a lot better," she explained. "The first time I went out I couldn't even do a mile but I'm going out four nights a week now and doing about four miles. I've been told if I can do about eight miles the adrenalin and the inspiration you get from the crowd will get you the rest of the way."

Claire will be seeing how far her training has come along when she takes part in the Lisburn Half Marathon on June 20. She has also organised a series of fundraising events to help her meet, and hopefully beat, her target.

"I've raised about 200 and I'll be holding a pub quiz in Hagues Bar on June 11, which will hopefully be well supported," she added.

For further information or to sponsor Claire email her at kearney-c3@ulster.ac.uk.

Ulster Star
25/05/2007