“Instead of running the Birmingham Half Marathon this year, Claire decided to enter the “Birmingham City Hospital Ultra Marathon”. This event required 9 months of preparation, and although they tell you the date, it can occur at any time. In our case it happened 7 days late, which coincidentally was also Claire’s 30th birthday.
Claire’s labour started at 1.30am and by 4am she had me packing the car with all sorts of baby paraphernalia. Yes, although this event is open to lady competitors only, male support is definitely required, and I did my best to avoid making annoying comments – not sure I succeeded but Claire was very nice to me throughout!
The course is interesting and varied, including birth balls, chairs and stools, and the on-course support Midwives were amazing. At 6.38pm Claire crossed the line and we received the best goody bag possible, a lovely daughter called Eva Marie Hammond and weighing in at 7lb 13oz. Eva is looking forward to supporting us and all our BvH club-mates as soon as we can make it back racing. – Jon”
CONGRATULATIONS TO CLAIRE AND JON HAMMOND, AND WELCOME TO THE WORLD EVA MARIE – FROM EVERYONE AT BOURNVILLE HARRIERS 🙂