Ash North

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Thirty for 30

This year I turn 30! To celebrate this milestone, I want to do something memorable, something that will make a difference. 

As some of you may know my son Liam (now 4) was born prematurely at 34 weeks. He was one of the lucky ones who didn't have to stay in NICU for too long and didn't have major ongoing complications. 
In our few weeks at the hospital I saw lots of tiny babies fighting for life. I saw lifesaving equipment in action. I also came across the Running for Premature Babies Group. These little babies fighting for life had been given a better chance of survival thanks to the equipment donated by RFPB. 
I met Sophie Smith (founder of RFPB) and worked with her in 2017, the year after she lost her husband Ash, 10 years on from losing her triplet sons Henry, Evan and Jasper. Her strength and determination to create a better chance for premature babies is remarkable and helped inspiratire me to take on this challenge. 
I decided two weeks ago that I would run the Gold Coast Marathon. I have since decided that to truely challenge myself and try and raise as much money as possible I will instead embark on 'Thirty for 30'! 30 Marathons (half and full) the year I turn 30. Logistcially with 2 little kids and working full time its not going to be easy, as well as the physlical challenge! Also the fact I have not run in 2 years is not ideal, but it wont stop me giving this a go.
My first half marathon is in 2 weeks! I will be running the full Gold Coast Marathon in July with my sister. Given the cost and logistics, some of the 30 may not be official races, but I will keep this page updated with events and updates.
So what will the $30,000 target go towards? This money will buy a new Isolate 8000 cot which provides a stable, cocoon-like environment for the baby and ensures that the Thermo-Neutral Zone is maintained! The machine has a huge range of features and benefits, but all you really need to know is that it could help save a babies life. That is where your money is going!
Any Gold Coast runners who want to join me on training runs or events, I would love the company!
Thanks for your support and donations.

Thank you to my Sponsors


Adam, Liam And Frankie

We are all very proud of you, and will be cheering for every step! Go Mummy


Luke Brill

Happy to triple if adam does one (walk or run)


Lauren Barett

You go girlfriend. I will never forget our special time watching over Liam in the hospital wishing, hoping & praying that he would be ok. Giving back is the best thing you can do.


Amy Brinckley

What a great way to give back to a great cause! Awesome Ash, I have no doubt that you will smash out these marathons! Love, The Brinckley’s x


Gizelle Plummer

Go Ash! What a wonderful little man Liam has turned into.


Sophia Robeau

So proud of you, well done setting yourself such a challenge for such a good cause. Lots of love Sophia and Frankie


Kate Mcmunnigall

What a woman!


Jelly Montemayor

You’re such an amazing human being Ash 😍


Brooke Jennings

Ash you are amazing and such an inspiration!! Good on you, so proud!!



You are incredible. All the best beautiful lady. Xx


Wendye Harnwell

Congratulations - good luck with your fundraising Ashleigh. ❤️Such a worthwhile cause ❤️


Daniel Lee



Your passion to give back to this foundation and continuing to raise awareness is incredible. Wishing you all the encouragement in the world to succeed throughout this challenge.


Fez Reporter

Go you gorgeous girl!!


Joanne Rutherford

Well Done Ash, amazing committment!!


Amy Abela