Running-mad Sarah targets next big race

Sarah Hibble taking part in the Great North Run ANL-140918-112926001
Sarah Hibble taking part in the Great North Run ANL-140918-112926001

A passionate runner committed to raising money for charity is getting ready for her next challenge – the Yorkshire Marathon.

Fresh from finishing the Great North Run in a personal best time, Long Melford runner Sarah Hibble is now in training for the 26.2-mile race on October 12.

Just over two weeks ago in Newcastle, the distance was halved but the conditions were testing, with hot weather not ideal for long distance running.

Despite the heat and the city’s infamous hills, Sarah, along with thousands of other competitors, raced round the course, setting a new personal best in the process.

“It was absolutely brilliant,” said Sarah, from High Street.

Such is her love for the sport that it is easy to forget that Sarah has been a passionate supporter of Cancer Research UK, always using the races as a chance to raise money for the charity.

Admitting she was unsure exactly how much she had raised, the reason why the money was needed was much clearer.

“I have lost family members to cancer,” said Sarah. “I know a lot of survivors too – my dad and my cousin, while three or four friends have survived breast cancer.

“It seems to affect so many people. Any sort of research that might improve my three kids’ future is worthwhile.”

The 43-year-old works for Sue Ryder and said she knows the difficulties in raising funds for charity.

She said: “I got into running for fitness but, if I can raise some money at the same time, even better.”

A quest for fitness started her passion for running – and health reasons are keeping her going.

“I had some friends who were struck down with illness and I believe it aids recovery,” she said.

“The difference between people who are fit and who are not is too clear not to believe it.”

Running during her lunch breaks, Sarah said it helped cleared her mind and was the perfect “stress buster”, the only downside being that preparing for a marathon took so much time.

She said: “I have to do three or four runs of seven or eight miles, plus 20 miles on a Saturday,” she said.

“Between working and having three children, it takes up a lot of time.”

And not being part of a club means it is down to Sarah to put in the hours.

“I have to make myself get up and go for a run – no-one else will,” she added.