Inspiring local running club member, Sarah Begley, took on the High Weald 50km ultra trail run and raised an amazing £771 for Jigsaw this June!
You might be surprised to learn that Sarah has not always been a keen runner, she says:
I have been a member of East Grinstead runners for almost three years. This ultra run was my first ever long-distance run. Before joining the club, I didn’t have any interest in running, I started by running 2km then slowly increased my distance until I reached 5km. I now have found a love for running around the surrounding countryside of East Grinstead exploring the trails.
I heard so many club members over the years taking on crazy distances and never saw myself doing it. Then I did a half marathon and thought ‘why not give a marathon a go’? I wanted to really challenge myself, so went the whole hog and booked a 50km trail ultra.
Sarah trained for the epic challenge using a 12-week programme created by head coach of East Grinstead Runners, Tim Winkley. Many club members with long distance experience supported her with helpful advice in the build-up to the big day.
Whilst the hills and the heat proved gruelling, the breath-taking scenery of the High Weald provided a welcome distraction and Sarah really enjoyed running alongside three fellow running club members.
Thank you Sarah!
Congratulations Sarah on your remarkable achievement and thank you so much for your brilliant fundraising efforts. As a mother of young children, Sarah says she wanted to raise money for Jigsaw because she ‘couldn’t imagine how to support them during a bereavement.’ Her hard work will help us to be there for more bereaved families and those facing the loss of a loved one when they need us.
If you’re feeling inspired by Sarah’s story and you would like to get involved in fundraising for a great cause, we’d love your support!
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