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

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