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Marathon challenge in memory of finacee[...] [...]; Tragedy inspired duo to run 185 miles for charity.

Byline: JAMES MOORE

HE was left devastated when his fiance died moments after she gave birth to their son.

Julie Welsh, 28, had everything to live for as she looked forward to family life with Pete Brown.

Now almost a year since she was cruelly taken from him, Pete has spoken of his heartache and his plans for a charity marathon challenge in her memory.

Pete, 31, and best friend Colin Booth, also 31, are planning to take on the equivalent of seven marathons in seven days.

The are going to run the 185 miles from their home in Long Eaton, Derbyshire, to Julie's parents' home in Blyth.

Pete, a gas fitter, said: "Its still really strange that she has gone. Its been tough, I have had a lot of support from family and friends. Julie's parents and mine have been fantastic.

"Going through something like this is just unimaginable. You make these plans for a life together and this happens. We were supposed to getting married in May. "I wake up in the morning and realise she's not here anymore. Its devastating."

Julie died in April last year after giving birth to Isaac Jules Brown.

After holding her son in her arms she inexplicably lapsed into unconsciousness and died, despite efforts to save her.

A post-mortem has since revealed she died of amniotic fluid embolism, an extremely rare condition that affects women in childbirth.

Pete met Julie, a quality control engineer from Blyth, in Blackpool and she moved to live with him in Derbyshire four years ago.

The couple had planned to marry at Langley Castle, Northumberland, last summer.

Now Pete is brining up so Isaac alone at his home in Long Eaton.

He said: "After Isaac was born I took him over to see her and then literally seconds later she passed away. "It was really strange, the condition is virtually unheard of. There was no way we could have known, it is totally unpredictable.

"Isaac is doing great, he started crawling last week.

"At her funeral I got a book and got people to write in a memory of Julie for Isaac to read someday. "He is going to hear a lot about her - he will never forget his mum."

Pete and Colin start their run in May and are raising money for Barnardo's and the Amniotic Fluid Embolism Foundation. Pete said: "I've been training as much as I can between work and looking after Isaac. Me and Colin have done the Great North Run and the Three Peaks challenge before but this will be something else. We're hoping to raise pounds 5,000 for the two charities."

Anyone wanting to make a donation can do so at www.justgiving.

com/journeyforjules

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REMEMBERED Julie Welsh who died after giving birth to her baby son CHALLENGE Above and below, Julie''s partner Pete Brown and friend Colin Booth who are to take on a charity marathon challenge
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Article Type:Obituary
Date:Mar 8, 2011
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