Fitt runners ready for London Marathon

PUBLISHED: 18:43 08 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:14 26 October 2009

Sarah Ariss

Sarah Ariss

DADS, kids and a disparaging PE teacher will be among the inspirations for Times Territory runners in Sunday s Flora London Marathon. Sarah Ariss, 44, from Oakdale, WGC, is running for Breakthrough Breast Cancer having lost two friends to the disease. Sh

Sarah Halliday and Mark Dickinson

DADS, kids and a disparaging PE teacher will be among the inspirations for Times Territory runners in Sunday's Flora London Marathon.

Sarah Ariss, 44, from Oakdale, WGC, is running for Breakthrough Breast Cancer having lost two friends to the disease.

She finally gets her chance to run 26.2miles around London after six years of applying.

Sarah said: "When I got the letter offering me a place I cried as I read it and was overtaken by a mix of absolute joy and complete dread.

"I have never been a particularly sporty person and at school my PE teacher took great pleasure in telling me I was useless.

"But when my Dad died eight years ago, I realised that you only live once and I am going to do something like this to be proud of."

WGC runners Sarah Halliday and Mark Dickinson, both from Dellcott, ran the 2006 New York Marathon on their honeymoon and return to the 2008 London race as parents of seven-month-old Eddie, five-year-old Jack and 12-year-old Hannah.

Sarah said: "We decided we weren't exhausted enough from the sleep deprivation, so we're training for and running the London Marathon as well."

They are both aiming to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Sarah's second objective is to not fall asleep en route.

Veteran marathon runners Dennis and Eleanor Draper are taking part in their 152nd and 147th 26.2 milers respectively.

This time the Longcroft Lane residents, aged 71 and 72 respectively, are fundraising for WGC's Isabel Hospice.

Both Sarahs and Eleanor have trained with Times Territory's fittlife running club.

Sarah Ariss said: "My personal training sessions with Suzy Fitt have kept me on track, boosted my confidence and reminded me why I am doing this when I have been miserable."

Trainer Suzy said: "The London Marathon is all about personal achievement and all of these runners have great inspiration behind them and great stories to tell.

"All their fittlife running mates will be cheering them on.


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