Sarah (pictured, left), who works at our head office, is taking on the Great North Run half marathon in September as a 40th birthday challenge to help raise funds and awareness.
The mum of two, from Cashes Green, will be joined on the run by her lifetime friend Rachel Pearce, also 40.
“It was Rachel who signed us up” Sarah admitted, “I was planning a spa day to celebrate my birthday!"
“But I’m really glad she did."
“Working at Meningitis Now you see every day why the work we do is so important to so many people and the difference it makes in their lives.”
Looking forward to the challenge
Daunting as the challenge is for Sarah it’s not the first time she’ll have laced up her trainers for the world’s largest half-marathon, which will see some 56,000 people line up on the start in Newcastle, before crossing the iconic Tyne bridge and finishing in South Shields 13.1 miles later.
She’s run it three times before and has also volunteered to help at the event on numerous occasions. But she last ran it ten years ago in 2005 and hasn’t done any running in years – so a serious training plan is in place to get fit and ready for September.
“Our target is to do it in two-and-a half-hours or under”, she said, “I’ll be happy with that."
“And despite the difficulty of fitting training in around children, home and work I’m really looking forward to it – the Great North Run atmosphere is simply amazing. Until you do it you can’t believe it.”
Sarah, who will have worked at Meningitis Now for 11 years in September, and Rachel hope to raise at least £1,000 from their exploits.
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“It’ll be a memorable birthday present” Sarah, who turned 40 last December, added, “and I’ll make sure I get that spa day too just as soon as I’m back from Newcastle.”
We have guaranteed places available and there’s still time to join Sarah and Rachel, and the rest of the Meningitis Now team, at this year’s Great North Run on Sunday 13th September.