A Bangor woman is running the Subway Helping Hearts Marathon this year for charity in memory of her mother.

Karla Phillips is aiming to raise awareness of heart-health after losing her mother 11 years ago after her mother suffered from a heart attack.

Karla’s mother Karen Craig was just 48 when she suffered a fatal heart attack. There were no symptoms and her death shook the family.

Karla Phillips with mum Karen

Karla, now 28 and originally from Belfast, remembers the pain of losing her mum 11 years ago:

“It was a sudden thing – it was really hard and hit the whole family like a ton of bricks,” she said.

“My mum came home from work early that day feeling unwell and passed away that evening. I found it hard to understand what was happening.”

Karla, the youngest of the family with two brothers and a sister, is now a mum herself.

Phillips family (1)

Indeed, as the 5K is a family friendly event, her daughter Kara, 10, and husband Stephen, will also take part!

“We thought it would be good to raise funds for Heart Research UK as it will be helping others,” said Karla who works part-time in retail.

“I would not class myself as a runner but Stephen is and has done 10k runs and half marathons before.”

The family is looking forward to the event on 7 August, which is making its return for a fourth year.

About The Event


In what is an exciting twist, the 5K event will see families challenged to take on the ‘field of fresh’ for the final 500m!

Inspired by the famous food outlet’s menu the giant inflatable course has been designed to appeal to kids and adults as they make their way to the finish line.

But don’t worry – if you’re a little less adventurous there’s still the choice of the traditional route because ultimately however you make it, every 5K counts!

There will also be lots of free, fun activities on the day, but everyone who takes part will also receive a free T-Shirt, a free Subway lunch, a finisher’s medal and access to the Family Village!

Children under 12 go free, then it costs £7 per person for the rest of the family when they register online.

Go to www.5ksubway.com for race information and to register. Families can also come along and register on the day – £9 for adults, under-12s go free.

Money raised at the Subway Helping Hearts Family 5K series funds Heart Research UK and Subway Healthy Heart Grants to help local communities live healthier, happier and longer lives.

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