Runners take on London Marathon for Francis House Children’s Hospice

Tim Lovatt, James Gowin, Sian Dobson-Hughes and Lauren Iredale at Francis House prior to the London Marathon
Tim Lovatt, James Gowin, Sian Dobson-Hughes and Lauren Iredale at Francis House prior to the London Marathon

A mum from Stockport is to take part in the London Marathon this weekend with four fellow runners for Francis House Children’s Hospice in Didsbury.

Sian Dobson-Hughes, 32, from Cheadle, gave birth to baby Albie in September last year and just six weeks later was back out running – often pushing the buggy as she trained.

A pastoral and academic care worker at Wright Robinson College in Gorton, Sian looks after the progress of vulnerable students.

She said: “I have spent my working life supporting young people and children who are born into difficult circumstances, and for the last seven years I have committed myself to various sports-related challenges to raise money for charities in and around the Manchester area.”

Sian Dobson-Hughes with baby Albie at Francis House
Sian Dobson-Hughes with baby Albie at Francis House

During the cold winter months Sian and training buddy Lauren Iredale, pounded the cold rainy streets of Manchester in preparation for the race.

Sian added: “I massively missed running when I was pregnant and wanted to challenge myself as soon as possible.

“On New Year’s Eve I ran 13 miles and felt great, it was good to know I still had a relatively good level of fitness.”

With the support of her family, Sian and husband Rory Scott took part in the Limassol Marathon in March, less than six months after giving birth.

Francis House supporters

Sian said: “I am nervous and excited, Lauren has run the London Marathon before and we’ll run the course together. We’re looking forward to crossing the finishing line and getting a medal,

“We chose Francis House not just because they care for the child or young person with life-limiting conditions but they also support the whole family, often for many years, through the difficult times they face,” said Sian.

Family and friends will be accompanying the pair to London, including baby Albie.

The pals were given a special tour of the hospice by chief executive David Ireland. Joined by fellow marathon runners Tim Lovatt and James Gowin, employees at Altrincham-based software firm Aquila Heywood, whose staff have been fundraising for the hospice for nearly three years.

“The months of training have been grueling but when you come to Francis House it’s incredible, and it’s only here because of donations from lots of people. So although the training has been pretty horrible, it really isn’t the worst thing in the world,” said Lauren.

The pair have set a fundraising target of £4,000. Anyone wishing to sponsor Sian and Lauren can donate at