In loving memory of Amelie

Beth Green.
Beth Green.

A mum-of-four from Soham is gearing up for her third marathon in 12 months in memory of her friend’s daughter who died of meningitis.

Beth Green has vowed to complete three full marathons and three half marathons in the space of a year to raise money for charity Meningitis UK.

The 36-year-old businesswoman has already completed two runs and is now in training for the Cambridge Boundary Run Half Marathon on March 3.

She pledged her support after three-year-old Amelie Clipson-Smith died of meningitis on November 1, 2008. Amelie, whose mum Sally Clipson grew up with Beth, died within 12 hours of contracting the dreaded disease.

The tot fell ill and was rushed to hospital in Bordeaux, France, where her family was living while her father Kevin Smith worked there as an aeronautical engineer, but doctors were unable to save her.

Beth completed her first run, The Great Eastern Run, a half marathon, in Peterborough on October 14, then, just 15 days later, she finished the Dublin Marathon.

Once she completes the Boundary run, she has just a week before she takes part in the Cambridge Half Marathon on March 10.

Her attention will then immediately turn to two of her biggest challenges – the London Marathon on April 21 and the Edinburgh Marathon on May 26.

Beth said: “The training is not difficult as it’s achievable, but what is hard is finding the time.

“Friends think I’m Wonder Woman but the only reason I can do it is because my husband Richard is so incredibly supportive.

“I’m very lucky as it allows me to be so determined and ambitious.”

Beth said she hoped to raise £1,000 for the Bristol-based charity.