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Run with us


Get fit, make friends and help critically ill and premature babies by joining our team. We run in the SMH Half Marathon every year in May. JOIN US NOW 

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Run with us


Get fit, make friends and help critically ill and premature babies by joining our team. We run in the SMH Half Marathon every year in May. JOIN US NOW 

Join us: We are the biggest fundraising team in the SMH Half Marathon

Running for Premature Babies is a special running group set up in 2007 by Sophie Smith, after she and husband Ash lost their first-born triplet sons, Henry, Jasper and Evan, following an extremely premature birth at 24 weeks.

The Henry, Jasper and Evan Smith Trust Fund was created by the Royal Hospital for Women Foundation to support the equipment and research needs of the Royal’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Since 2007, more than $1.5 million has been raised.

Each year we organise a team to run in the Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon to raise funds for the Henry Jasper and Evan Smith Trust Fund. 

In 2016, Running for Premature Babies raised more than $355,000 to fund research and equipment at the Royal's NICU.

Our donations are collected via Everyday Hero and donations are tax-deductible for the runners' donations/sponsors.

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RFPB Kids' Fun Run


Saturday August 20, Grant Reserve, Coogee.

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RFPB Kids' Fun Run


Saturday August 20, Grant Reserve, Coogee.

Join us for the second annual Kids' Running for Premature Babies fun run, proudly supported by Phillips Pantzer Donnelley Real Estate.

This year's event is to celebrate Running for Premature Babies' 10th year and the 10th birthdays of Henry, Jasper and Evan Smith.

All participating kids receive a special Kids' Running for Premature Babies running t-shirt and all ticket process will go to Running for Premature Babies, raising vital funds to improve outcomes for critically ill and premature babies at the Royal Hospital for Women.

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Team 2016


500+ runners. $352,000 raised.

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Team 2016


500+ runners. $352,000 raised.

Congratulations Team 2016 - you did it! In our tenth year, we fielded our largest ever team and aced our fundraising target. Together, we have raised more than $352,000 - $152,000 more than our original target. 

There are two other major events coming this year for Running for Premature Babies. In August this year, we will hold our second RFPB Kids Fun Run to coincide with Henry, Jasper and Evan's tenth birthdays. It promises to be bigger and better than ever and will raise more vital funds for the Newborn Care Centre.

And in September, Sophie will lead an RFPB team in the New York City Marathon. 

Thanks again team and see you in August.

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Training


When it comes to Running for Premature Babies and training, you’re in great hands. Whether you’re a first time runner, an occasional social runner, a half marathon guru or an elite athlete, we have it sorted.

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Training


When it comes to Running for Premature Babies and training, you’re in great hands. Whether you’re a first time runner, an occasional social runner, a half marathon guru or an elite athlete, we have it sorted.

Training

When it comes to Running for Premature Babies and training, you’re in great hands. Whether you’re a first time runner, an occasional social runner, a half marathon guru or an elite athlete, we have it sorted.

Mandi O-Sullivan Jones is our dedicated team trainer and an experienced exercise physiologist. Mandi’s been working hard with our team since 2009 to get our runners over the line, fit and injury free, with her tailored training program, supported by experienced marathon and half-marathon runners.

Mandi’s 16-week program begins at the end of January and includes:

1. Sunday training every fortnight led by Mandi in Centennial Park at 8.00am  as well as in North Sydney on the alternative Sundays at 8am led by Reza Maghami, a RFPB regular.

2. Wednesday interval training every week, led by experienced half-marathon runners, at several locations across Sydney:

·         Queens Park at 7pm during daylight saving, moving to Coogee or ES Marks Athletics Field when winter sets in.

·        North Sydney at 7pm for those on the North Shore. 

·         The Domain at 6pm for city workers and dwellers. 

Find out more about training here.

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About Henry, Jasper & Evan


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About Henry, Jasper & Evan


The Henry, Jasper and Evan Smith Trust Fund

 In 2006 my husband Ash and I became parents to beautiful triplet sons, Henry, Jasper & Evan.  However when our babies arrived prematurely, weighing less than a kilo each, we knew they had a long fight ahead of them.  They received incredible care from the dedicated doctors and nurses in the Royal Hospital for Women Newborn Intensive Care Centre, and fought bravely to live.  Tragically our boys were unable to overcome their prematurity - tiny Henry lived for just one hour, Evan for ten days and Jasper for 58 days. 

After the deaths of our three sons, Ash and I were determined that they would never be forgotten and that something good would come from their lives.  So to honour their memory, the Royal Hospital for Women Foundation set up a special Trust Fund in their names.  This Trust is dedicated to raising much needed funds for life-saving equipment and research in the hospital's Newborn Intensive Care Centrefor the 900 premature and critically ill babies who are cared for in the Newborn Intensive Care Centre each year.    

I am honoured that this Trust Fund is a permanent memorial to my little boys, and am very proud that that my triplets’ legacy gives other premature babies a chance to live. 


Henry, Jasper and Evan


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