What am I doing?
Attempting to run 26 miles in Rotterdam, April 2014 (the original plan was to run Edinburgh last year but two long-lasting injuries at separate times in 2013 put a stop to that plan!).

Why am I doing it?
Bowel cancer is the second most common cause of all cancer deaths in the UK, and due to it's nature, it's probably one of the least talked about. I know three people who have faced the illness, two of them did not survive. Bowel Cancer UK works to raise crucial awareness, helping to eliminate the taboos, and helping to save people's lives by getting them to recognise the symptoms early enough.

Can I actually complete the marathon?! 

Judging by my previous training attempts, no! It's been an emotional struggle during the past year and a half, each time I would get to a certain level with my training and then an injury would knock me out for at least 3 months, meaning each time I had to start all over again to build back up. But somehow, now, one-week away from the Rotterdam marathon, I'm still running :o) Injuries are threatening once again, but I'm at least looking good to start the race. Every penny (or euro!) you can give will really help me reach the finish line. So please, give what ever you can. Thank you :o) 

Updates 8

Injuries, injuries! My stint of barefoot running most probably caused my foot injury which ruined my chances of running Amsterdam. Gutted doesn't even begin to cover it! But, I'm back, in shoes, I've stayed fit through cross training, and am ready to train for Rotterdam 2014!

04/11/13 07:09

Gutted that I'm not able to run in the Edinburgh marathon today. But i managed 10K last week without any tendon issues so everything is going in the right direction again for Amsterdam in October :o)

26/05/13 11:16

train for the marathon in October. I certainly wont be giving up, and I will run the marathon, it's just a question of when unfortunately. Thank you so much to everyone for your support. I'm just sorry that I need more time to complete this.

01/05/13 08:12

I'm now up to running for 20 minutes without pain, but it's going to be a very slow rehab process, since pushing myself too far one time could bring the injury right back again. I am hoping that in the next 2 months I can get up to running 10K, and then will have 4 months to

01/05/13 08:10

for 3 months now, I've had dry needling, I've tried electromagnetic pulse therapy, I use a foam roller to roll out knots and tight muscles, and I perform strengthening/stretching exercises for at least an hour every day. I'm finally starting to see some improvement 3 months on.

01/05/13 08:09

Raising money for

Bowel Cancer UK

Bowel Cancer UK

Charity Registration No. 1071038

Bowel Cancer UK aims to save lives and improve the quality of life for all those affected by bowel cancer.

Raising money for

Run by Bowel Cancer UK

Charity Registration No. 1071038

Donations 55

A Fantastic achievement Sarah !! I know you went through huge pain barriers with all your injuries during the last 18 months, but you kept on going. Well done !! Dad x

Donation by Phil Fencott on 30/04/14


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Congratulations Sarah ! A fantastic achievement. My husband had a brain tumour and spent 3 years in and out of hospital. You're doing a grand job !

Donation by Margaret Christopher (France) on 28/04/14


Well done Sarah !! I'm donating for your Mum, and my Mum. They would both be proud of you! Glad we were able to see you afterwards in France and give you a Vegetarian supper! Love Sue and Colin xx

Donation by Sue and Colin Ward (France) on 28/04/14


Congratulations on achieving your Marathon !! Well done !!

Donation by Angela Bell (Berkshire UK) on 28/04/14


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Well done, Sez!! Sorry the donation's late, but it was always going to be with us!! xxx

Donation by Lucy, Jonny and Baby Swinhoe! on 16/04/14


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Good luck Sarah ;o)

Donation by Rob on 13/04/14


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Well done Sarah. Your mum will be with you every step of the way, encouraging and supporting you. Just listen to her voice.

Donation by Anne and Bernie on 12/04/14


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Thanks so much for your donation Liz!

Donation by Anonymous on 11/04/14


Good luck Sarah. We will be thinking of you XXX

Donation by Sal & Moe x x on 11/04/14


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Well, you did your best and when you run in Amsterdam I will be cheering

Donation by on 23/05/13


For the good cause! Greets Sandra & Daniel

Donation by Sandra Bembaron on 28/04/13


Best of luck Sarah. All those miles! Just thinking about it makes me reach for a glass of wine. Joyce would be very proud of you.

Donation by David and Gina (St Privat) on 08/04/13

Good luck Sarah!

Donation by Pascal & Renate on 24/03/13


Remembering all the great times with your mum when we were students at Balls Park Hope you enjoy the day and raise loads of money!

Donation by christine watson on 14/03/13


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Sarah,your mum would be so very proud of you, best of luck on the day June & Roger

Donation by June LLewellyn on 25/02/13


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Thanks so much for the cheque Aunty Nancy!!

Donation by Nancy Fencott on 24/02/13


Hi Sarah, we've never met but I'm a friend of Vincent's. Wishing you all the best of luck and I'm sure you will complete the race.

Donation by Lewis van Leeuwen on 24/02/13

Hi Sarah, will you go for another bronze medal again? Anyhow, I hope you will have an inspiring run in Edinburgh. Veel succes!

Donation by Jack Horio on 20/02/13


We are all so very proud of your dedication and passion. Good luck. We'll be cheering you on in spirit. Your Support Crew over in NZ XXX

Donation by Kathryn and Jamie Halstead on 18/02/13


Sarah heel veel succes.

Donation by Elly Jongste-Bassant on 16/02/13


Good luck with the long run and enjoy Edinburgh!!

Donation by Ben & Merel on 15/02/13


Donation by Robert Holmes on 03/02/13


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Donation by Grant Dawber on 31/01/13


With our very best wishes - we admire your commitment.

Donation by Roger and Angie Hutchings on 31/01/13


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How could anyone not donate after such a great video in memory of your lovely Mum. Good luck. I know you will do it.

Donation by Rose and Tim Pearce on 30/01/13


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Donation summary

  • * Online donations£2,000.29
  • Offline donations£0.00
  • Text donations£1.00
  • Total raised£2,001.29
  • Gift Aid£294.25

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