Marathon effort for fundraiser

NEAALM110224A2 - Sara Parr from Jacksdale is running a mile a day for 26 days
NEAALM110224A2 - Sara Parr from Jacksdale is running a mile a day for 26 days

A SELF-CONFESSED unfit charity fundraiser has set herself the challenge of running the equivalent of a marathon during the month of March.

Sara Parr – who has not been near a gym for over five years – wants to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care and will run 26 miles between March 1 and 31.

“I’m 5ft 2ins and 17 stone so I’m not a runner!” she said.

“I’m not fit at all. It’s a long way but I wanted to do something that meant I could really achieve something along the way and raise as much money as possible.

“It’s going to be tough for me, there’s no doubt about that.”

Ms Parr, from Jacksdale, started her training on February 1 and is running on a treadmill everyday.

“At the beginning of the month I couldn’t run for a bus!” she added. “But it’s slowly getting better so I’m optimistic.”

The 39-year-old aims to run a mile a day, but says if she falls behind she will do everything she possibly can to complete the challenge.

“If it gets to the third week in March and I’ve fallen badly behind I’ll be in there all day everyday if I have to be. Luckily I’m very stubborn.”

The keen fundraiser first got into raising money for Marie Curie when a friend who worked at the Kimberley office, Sue Rowlett, asked her to help out with collecting outside shops last year.

“She asked me if I’d help out last year and that got me started off. I’ve done a couple of street collections since, but I wanted to do something with a bit more oomph.”

“My family has been affected by cancer like most so it’s a charity close to my heart as well.”

Ms Parr has been given the use of Eastwood Hall free of charge to train in, and to complete her challenge next month.

Marie Curie raises money to pay for nurses to look after terminally ill people in their own homes. The regional office is in Main Street, Kimberley.