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Dad dons Paddington Bear costume for Great North Run

Posted: 20 September 2016 09:35 am
A father from Hull has completed the Great North Run for the tenth time – this time dressed as Paddington BearTM. Charlie Paterson, 45, wore the costume for the 13.1-mile race to raise funds for Action Medical Research, Paddington’s favourite UK charity, in memory of his son Daniel. Charlie, who’s dressed as an 8ft beer bottle...

Running in the family

Posted: 19 April 2016 15:12 pm
Inspired by our research into premature birth, a trio of brothers get set to tackle this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon. We spoke to youngest sibling Will, who persuaded the others to join him. As this issue of Touching Lives went to press, brothers Will, Ferg and George Bostock were completing their final training runs ahead of pounding the...

Runners lining up for London Marathon in aid of Action Medical Research

Posted: 19 April 2016 10:01 am
A number of dedicated runners of all ages are set to tackle the Virgin London Marathon on Sunday in aid of vital research. Among them will be a young man who underwent life-saving surgery as a baby: Henry Fox (pictured above) had an operation when he was just three weeks old after suffering from pyloric stenosis, a narrowing of the pylorus passage...

Dad tackles epic challenge in memory of baby son

Posted: 18 September 2015 11:26 am
A grieving father will be running the ultimate Peak District race through the night on Friday, 18 September, in memory of his baby son. James Halse will be tackling the 100km Gold Ultra Challenge to raise funds for children’s charity Action Medical Research after little Elijah died from necrotising enterocolitis (NEC) after having been born...

Mud Monsters Run

Posted: 26 August 2015 10:38 am
If you’re looking for a new challenge and not afraid of a bit of dirt then it’s not too late to sign up to run for Action in the Mud Monsters Run on 11 October 2015. The course, just outside East Grinstead in West Sussex, has muddy puddles, filthy fields, wet woodland tracks, river crossings, deep squelchy bogs and many more grimy obstacles...

Researchers on the run…

Posted: 26 August 2015 10:35 am
Also wearing the Action vest for this year's Virgin Money London Marathon was Dr Rebecca Hill, who in 2014 completed a three-year charity-funded study into brain tumours affecting children. And currently in training for next year’s event is Dr Manju Kurian, who with Action funding discovered genes that can cause several devastating...

Marathon challenge for midwife Michelle

Posted: 26 August 2015 10:29 am
Having worked with families experiencing prematurity or the heartbreak of a birth that hasn’t gone to plan, Michelle Cooke was determined to support Action when a last-minute place in the Virgin Money London Marathon came up. With just 11 weeks to go before she’d be joining the masses on the start line, Michelle, 35 from Emsworth in...

‘Ever Present’ runner shows support for Action

Posted: 27 April 2015 16:10 pm
Stalwart marathon runner Terry Macey showed his support for children’s charity Action Medical Research in the 35th London Marathon on Sunday – having competed every year since the race began. Terry, 66, is part of a group of runners who have competed in every marathon in the capital since it launched in 1981 – dubbed the ‘Ever...

Running for a reason

Posted: 31 March 2014 13:00 pm
James and Jenny Halse were devastated when their son Elijah died at just 37 days old. Their close-knit community rallied round to support them, culminating in more than 50 people pulling on their trainers and joining them to run and raise vital funds for Action. Baby Elijah was born prematurely at just 25 weeks, weighing just 823g. Despite such an...

Suburban Sheffield unites for children’s charity

Posted: 8 November 2013 12:22 pm
Community spirit is alive and well in the Sheffield suburban district of Meersbrook, where a group of 50 residents have come together to show support for a local family whose baby boy died earlier this year. Elijah Halse was born prematurely at 25 weeks, to parents Jenny and James. Although the initial prognosis was good, he died at just 37 days old as...

Children’s brain cancer Doctor takes on Great North Run

Posted: 28 June 2013 13:26 pm
Dr Rebecca Hill, of the Northern Institute for Cancer Research, is running the 2013 BUPA Great North Run to help children’s charity Action Medical Research to save and change the lives of sick and disabled babies and children. This 2013 Great North Run will be Dr Hill’s sixth. A keen runner, she is looking forward to standing on the...

Sussex Mum takes on BUPA 10k for cause close to her heart

Posted: 26 March 2013 17:23 pm
Horsham-based mum Caroline Johnston is taking on the BUPA London 10,000, 27 May 2013, for children’s charity Action Medical Research. Caroline, who also works for the charity, is mum to three boys: Tom (15), Henry (10) and Freddie (6). Henry has Down syndrome and both Freddie and Tom were born prematurely. Tom has recently been diagnosed with...

Twenty-two London Marathons is amazing, frankly!

Posted: 13 April 2011 16:28 pm
York’s Frank Holden will be running his 22nd consecutive London Marathon for children’s charity Action Medical Research this Sunday (17 April).

The 67-year-old, who lives in Heslington and is a member of the York Knavesmire Harriers club, first caught the running bug in the 1980s. He ran his first London event for the charity in 1989 on a gold...

Kirsty Gallacher backs charity initiative to get mums running

Posted: 24 March 2011 17:25 pm
As Mothering Sunday approaches, children’s charity Action Medical Research is asking mums across the UK to join its Mums on the Run initiative which encourages mothers to join together and get fit at the same time as helping to raise vital funds to help sick babies and children.

TV presenter and mother of two Kirsty Gallacher is lending her...

Nell McAndrew backs charity initiative to get mums running

Posted: 24 February 2010 01:00 am
Model and TV presenter Nell McAndrew is lending her support to mums on the run, a new initiative encouraging mothers to join together and get fit at the same time as raising vital funds for children’s charity Action Medical Research. Keen runner Nell, Tesco magazine’s Celebrity Mum of the Year 2009, is encouraging women to sign up for the...

Well run Bethany!

Posted: 10 March 2009 12:26 pm
We’d like to say a big thank you to Bethany Lee from Whitley Bay who raised £211 for Touching Tiny Lives by taking part in the Mini Great North Run last October. Eight-year-old Bethany completed the mile-long route alongside 500 three to eight year olds and if the smile in this picture is anything to go by, thoroughly enjoyed herself. Bethany...

Three brand new events, one famous venue

Posted: 10 March 2009 12:14 pm
We are the official charity for both the [Dunsfold Park 10km Run](http://www.action.org.uk/get_involved/dunsfold_10k_run) and the [Dunsfold Park Duathlon](http://www.action.org.uk/get_involved/dunsfold_duathlon). The flat track makes the 10km race great for first time runners while the duathlon pushes participants in two disciplines, involving a 4.5km...
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