In memory of Maisie

Craig Stride did the Great North run in September 2011 in memory of his stillborn daughter Maisie.
Craig Stride did the Great North run in September 2011 in memory of his stillborn daughter Maisie.

A DAD who ran more than 13 miles in memory of his stillborn daughter has smashed his fundraising target.

Estate agent Craig Stride signed up for the Great North Run following the tragic death of baby Maisie.

In March, he and wife Kimberley had to make the heartbreaking decision to endure early labour at 20 weeks into their pregnancy after their second child was diagnosed with severe spina bifida.

Kimberley, 31, was there to see Craig cross the finish line in South Shields on Sunday. He was raising cash for a little-known charity that helps those living with the condition.

The 29-year-old said: “It was a great day but a lot harder than I expected it to be with a lot of big hills.”

He completed the half- marathon in 2hrs 39mins, raising more than £1,300.

“I set my target at £1,000 and at one point it was looking unlikely that I was going to hit that. The last few weeks have been really good and there have been a lot of last-minute sponsors,” said Craig, of Quantocks, Highfield, Hemel Hempstead.

Bosses at estate agency Your Move in Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead, have donated £10 from every instruction of sale or letting in the weeks running up to the big day.

The cash will go to the Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus – a national charity that has an office in Watford.

Sponsor Craig by making a donation at www.justgiving.com/Craig-stride