As thousands of runners’ feet pounded the roads in the Asics Greater Manchester Marathon on 10 April, an expectant mum was desperately trying to find a way through the resulting traffic.
Claire Burke had gone into labour.
She had been driving to her mum’s for breakfast with her eight-year-old daughter Mia when she’d started to feel the contractions.
“At first I thought they were Braxton Hicks (false labour),” Claire said.
But as she tried to navigate through the road closures and diversions, the contractions grew stronger and stronger. Before long they were coming every minute.