Sarah's running tribute to father's memory

PUBLISHED: 13:19 16 April 2008 | UPDATED: 22:09 26 October 2009

Marathon runner Sarah Ariss

Marathon runner Sarah Ariss

AFTER more than six years of waiting and nearly seven hours of running, WGC s Sarah Ariss was finally able to wear a London Marathon medal on Sunday. The 44-year-old mother-of-two from Oakdale was delighted at finally achieving her marathon dream in memor

AFTER more than six years of waiting and nearly seven hours of running, WGC's Sarah Ariss was finally able to wear a London Marathon medal on Sunday.

The 44-year-old mother-of-two from Oakdale was delighted at finally achieving her marathon dream in memory of her father.

Sarah ran through sunshine, rain and hailstones to the cheers of the crowds and savoured every moment of the world famous race at the weekend.

The member of the fittlife

running squad mixed with the real running celebrities and even had the breath to give encouragement to the amazing Buster Martin, one of the oldest runners in the field, and 'stilt lady' as she passed them.

Sarah was in complete awe as a male competitor with only metal frames as legs overtook her.

She wondered if it was all a dream when 'Mr Bump' followed by an entire fire brigade casually ran alongside her.

"It has been an incredible journey and an even more incredible day full of cheering crowds, music, families and emotion," she said after crossing the finish line at The Mall.

"I now have blisters and am hobbling like an old lady, but I have my medal and my memories and have raised over £2,000 for Breakthrough Breast Cancer."

She crossed the finish line in an official time of 6 hours 53 minutes 41 seconds.

"I couldn't have done this without the amazing support of my husband Rod and everyone I know," said Sarah.

"The real drive for me was my Dad and girlfriends that are no longer here.

"I feel a great sense of achievement and pride at having completed this in their honour.''

Suzy Fitt, of fittlife, added: "Sarah should be a real inspiration to all those other would-be marathoners.

"She understood her motive, set her goal and kept focused throughout her training.

"She didn't quit when it got tough and she spent nearly seven hours running towards her London Marathon dream. She's a real star and athlete.


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