Gallery: Sarah takes on fun run - three times
THERE was almost a touch of the Loneliness of the Long Distance runner about Sarah Dixon on Sunday. While those taking part in the Royston Fun Run were competing over 3km, she was running a distance of 12km around Therfield Heath to raise cash for Royston
THERE was almost a touch of the Loneliness of the Long Distance runner about Sarah Dixon on Sunday.
While those taking part in the Royston Fun Run were competing over 3km, she was running a distance of 12km around Therfield Heath to raise cash for Royston & South Cambridgeshire Home-Start.
Sarah, who works for the charity as senior co-ordinator, said: "I've never done anything like this before.
"If you said a year ago I would be running just across the village green in Fowlmere then I would have laughed, let alone running around the heath," she said.
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"Personally, it's an incredible achievement to run that distance."
She decided to run after losing more than three stone in weight - the result of walking with her new four-year-old Collie dog, Poppy.
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"It was just a question of a way of raising the profile of Home-Start," she said. "I have to do a lot of applications to raise money, but I think the community also needs to see you actively trying to get the money."
She took 1hr 20 to complete the run, along with Home-Start volunteer Karen Wilde, who, like Sarah, had not attempted to run such a distance before.
And her efforts helped raise about £850 for the charity.
"It made it all absolutely worthwhile," she said.
But Sarah may not yet be thinking about next year's London Marathon. "That sounds a bit daunting," she said.
Home-Start will be holding an open day at its new headquarters in Meldreth on Saturday, May 17 (11am-2pm).
More Fun Run pictures on our gallery