Marathon effort Big push to raise funds

YVETTE BATTEN - NORTH TARANAKI MIDWEEK
Last updated 05:00 26/02/2014
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Fun ride: Tracey Thomson-Lamplough pushes her three-year-old son Charlie in preparation for the marathon she’s about to run to raise money for Taranaki Neonatal Trust.

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Tracey Thomson-Lamplough is a self-confessed mad woman with a buggy.

She is about to run two marathons, one of which she'll be running with her children in a specialised BOB sports buggy.

Running the marathons is a fundraiser for the Taranaki Neonatal Trust.

Supporting the trust is something that is close to her heart because her now three-year-old son, Charlie, was born six weeks' premature.

"We were in the neo-natal unit for two weeks. We were originally told we were going to be there for six but we were one of the lucky ones," she said.

"The neo-natal unit and the neo-natal trust were a huge support and I want to give something back."

The first marathon she'll run is the Bayleys Mountain to Surf course from the top of Egmont Rd to Waitara's Marine Park on March 30.

"I'm not actually running the Mountain to Surf marathon. I'm just doing the course."

This is because of safety reasons. She'll be pushing one of her two children or a 20 kilogram bag of sand in the BOB buggy.

"We'll probably swap the kids over because it's going to take at least five hours," she said.

"The areas that are a bit dangerous, like along the main roads, we're going to have equivalent of the kids' [weight] in sand."

So she'll be running 42 kilometres pushing, between the children and the weight of the buggy, about 35kg.

Then on May 3 she'll run in the Rotorua Marathon without a buggy, which will take her a little more than four hours.

"Again, they don't allow buggies for safety reasons," she said.

Mrs Thomson-Lamplough is a franchise owner of Baby On The Move.

When she first tried out the BOB specialised sports buggy she joked that she could run a marathon with it.

She was told by BOB manufacturers and Baby On The Move that they would give her a buggy if she did it.

When she told them she'd was using the marathons to raise money for charity the businesses said they'd give $100 to her fundraising effort for every buggy sold prior to the Rotorua Marathon.

Money raised will be put towards a new $2000 breast pump for the neo-natal ward at Taranaki Base Hospital.

"A good breast pump makes such a difference when you've got a little prem baby," she said. "They're often too small to breast feed. We want to get them off to the best start that we can and of course that's mum's milk.

"When they're really little they have to be nasogastrically fed because they don't have enough energy to suckle."

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Although there are breast pumps at the neo-natal ward, there are not enough. "And they're getting a bit old."

About 200 families go through the neo-natal ward each year. The trust supports the hospital ward where it can, and helps the families that go through it.

The fundraising effort is sitting about $400.

"We've got a long way to go."

To make a donation visit fundraise online.co.nz and type Mrs Thomson-Lamplough's name into the search area to find her page MadWomanwithaBuggy.

For more information about BOB visit babyonthemove.co.nz.

- © Fairfax NZ News

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