Dad takes run in his Stride

Craig and Kimberley Stride, of Hemel Hempstead, with their son Harrison.
Craig and Kimberley Stride, of Hemel Hempstead, with their son Harrison.

A DAD whose daughter was stillborn will run more than 13 miles in her memory.

Craig and Kimberley Stride had to make the heartbreaking decision to endure early labour at 20 weeks into their pregnancy after baby Maisie was diagnosed with severe spina bifida.

Now estate agent Craig hopes to raise at least £1,000 for a little-known charity that helps those living with the condition by completing the Great North Run this September.

“It has given me something to focus on,” said the 29-year-old, of Quantocks, Highfield, Hemel Hempstead.

“You can buckle under these things or you can do something about it. I have always liked a challenge anyway and I have always been fairly good at keeping in shape.”

The valuation manager with Your Move in Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead, is training five times a week in preparation for the feat. And bosses at the estate agents are backing his efforts by donating £10 from every instruction of sale or letting up until the big day.

And Kimberley, who is a full time mum to the couple’s son Harrison, aged 21/2, has also been helping out.

“My wife has done quite a lot of helping with the fundraising and massaging my tired legs,” said Craig, pictured with Kimberley and Harrison

The cash raised will go to the Association for Spina Bifida And Hydrocephalus (ASBAH), a national charity with an office in Watford.

Craig said: “It is a national charity but I think it is one of those that not many people have heard about.”