York woman raises nearly 12k running marathons around the world

27 October 2017

A York woman has raised a whopping £11,848 running the Six World Major Challenge in memory of friends and family.

Sarah Wood, of Easingwold Road, Huby, completed the marathons within four years from 2013-2017, completely self funded, meaning that all the cash she has raised goes directly to her chosen charity, Teenage Cancer Trust.

Sarah lost her uncle to cancer in 2005 and two friends within six months of each other around 2 years ago, Tom Keeping and Stephen Phelps. She describes the men as amazing lads and it is in their memory that she has completed the races.

The initial fundraising target was £5,000, which was smashed in no time, Sarah is now aiming for £15,000.

Her mission has taken her to London, New York, Tokyo, Chicago, Boston and Berlin, and to top it all off, Sarah did a skydive.

Sarah said: “I decided that is was so rare to complete all six, that I wanted to give myself that challenge, I’ve travelled to places I never thought I would visit, let alone run. To be honest, they have all had their special points, I couldn’t pick (a favourite) between them all.”

Sarah ran her first race in 2005, the 5k Race For Life, by 2008 she was running half marathons and by 2012 the full 26 mile races.

Training for a marathon is no mean feat, Sarah trains for around 18-16 weeks before a race, running between 3-23 miles a day, 5 days a week.

 

If you would like to donate to visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/SarahWood1

 

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