Ash North

Take on your own challenge

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 inspire me to take on this challenge. 

My initial plan was to run in one marathon, but decided that wasn’t good enough. To truly challenge myself, and to hopefully inspire others to donate, I have decided to embark on ‘Thirty for 30’. 30 marathons (half and full) in the year that I turn 30 to raise $30,000.

Balancing training, working full time, and having two kids at home will not be easy, but I am determined to achieve my goal of completing these runs, and hitting my fundraising target.

Logistically it may be hard to find 30 official races to compete in, but I will make up the difference with unofficial runs.

To date I have completed 4 of 30 runs, and I’m ready for number 5.

Any Gold Coast runners who want to join me on training runs or events, I would love the company! I’ll also be competing in races across the country, so please reach out if you have a race in your city, and if I can make it, I’d love to join you!

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 baby’s life. That is where your money is going!

Thanks for your support and donations.

Ash

Thank you to my Sponsors

$510

National Media

Sending our support to you, Ash. Such a great cause, you're amazing. We look forward to hearing all about your marathon journey! From all the team at National Media.

$500

Adam, Liam And Frankie

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

$310

Ash Watson

You will always be one of the most impressive, inspiring, strong and tenacious people that I have ever met. I’m so happy to be able to support this incredible cause and the challenge you have set yourself.

$310

Luke Brill

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

$300

Michael Neilson

$300

James, Emma & Cooper

Awseome effort Ash. We wish you all the best. Good luck :)

$250

Collin Tew

Go Ash! Obviously it’s a cause very close to our hearts too so we’ll be cheering you all the way. The Tews xx

$208

Greg Watson (lauren’s Dad)

I think you are doing a wonderful thing Ash,it’s great you have a new running mate (any chance Adam can help you out or is he busy looking after the kids?)

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Granny And Poppy North

You've blessed us with two beautiful grandchildren. So proud of you xx

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Heidi Guenther

Nothing surprises me with you.. no doubt you will smash it x

$156

Brad & Sheri Langton

Good luck Ash! You're more ambitious than most!

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John Liversage

Great cause Ash, and a lofty goal for you to strive for! Stay well in your quest, and I'll donate an extra $20- for each one you complete!

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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.

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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

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Gizelle Plummer

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

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Sophia Robeau

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

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Kate Mcmunnigall

What a woman!

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Glynnis Eason

Huge task for a great cause! Our little Liam is a wonderful little guy, absolutely thriving. Well done for taking it on Ash. Great to give back and help others in the same situation as you were in.

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Bruce

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Bo Tam (5237)

Ash I am so impressed and in awe of this challenge you are embarking on. I had to re-read your posts to make sure I fully understood what you've signed up for lol. Thirty for 30 - what a goal - you go girl! Cheering you on from the side lines :-)

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Jenny Ramsay

Best of luck with the rest Ash . What an initiative. Well done!

$100

Jelly Montemayor

You’re such an amazing human being Ash 😍

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Leanne Farrugia

We are so proud of you Ash! Leanne & David

$80

Kate Williams

Well done Ash! What an inspiration you are!

$75

Reyne Mihan

$52

Andrew

Go you!

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Vanessa Wiesenthal

Happy to support you Ash on such a worthy cause, you're a beautifully spirited soul! Best wishes for continued success. V

$52

Clay & Sam

We think you’re amazing Ash! Keep up the great work for this worthwhile cause. Love Clay, Sam, Cody & Jake 😘

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Masonn Barrett

Thanks for looking after me. #teamash

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Brooke Jennings

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

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Elyse

You are incredible. All the best beautiful lady. Xx

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Wendye Harnwell

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

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Daniel Lee

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Elise

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.

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Fez Reporter

Go you gorgeous girl!!

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Joanne Rutherford

Well Done Ash, amazing committment!!

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Charlene Cassie

You’re amazing Ash!!! So inspiring!

$52

Alex Varnish

Amazing Ash

$50

Charlie Guthrie

$50

Josh Dorday

Go Ash! Awesome effort for a great cause!

$31.20

Louise Brettell Polis

Well done Ash! Super Mum and Women!

$31.20

Sabina Roberts

Amazing dedication and effort Ash, I hope the runs are getting easier. Good luck for the remaining runs.

$30

John Liversage

Keep up the hard journey Ash - 10% of the way there already!

$30

John Liversage

Great job again Ash, keep up the great work for this special cause

$30

Kj Harvey

Great job Ash! Very inspiring x

$30

Janine

Go sister! You are a superstar. $30 donation for run 1, and every run after that! You’ve got this. Love you

$30

John Liversage

a step (or more like 20000 steps) closer Ash!

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Nini

2 down!! Congrats sister. You are such a superstar. xxx

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Janine

3 down! Doing so well sister. So proud of you XX

$20.80

Amy Abela

$20.80

Bentleigh Gibson

$20.80

Shannon Terry

You go, girl!! May your legs carry you as far as your heart (and willpower) desires :) Woohoo to the big 3-0.

$20.80

Jane Ward

Well done Ash - you are amazing raising money for such an important cause 🥇

$20.80

Liana Johnson

$20

John Liversage

well done Ash, you're just a star, juggling work, being a great mum & now pounding the streets to help others. Amazing!

$20

Satoshi Ashida

Go Ash!!!

$10.40

Erin Oudshoorn

Good luck!