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Getting ready for the London Marathon

PUBLISHED: 15:56 15 April 2011 | UPDATED: 19:12 20 February 2013

Getting ready for the London Marathon

Getting ready for the London Marathon

I'm Sarah Ruston, a 38 year old lawyer from Headingley in Leeds and I've set my 2011 sights on a new physical challenge to raise money for one of my favourite charities, The Haven.

Im Sarah Ruston, a 38 year old lawyer from Headingley in Leeds and Ive set my 2011 sights on a new physical challenge to raise money for one of my favourite charities, The Haven. In October this year, Ill be riding from Lands End to John O Groats, via a number of interesting other mini-challenges this year marathons, triathlons, London to Brighton bike ride and those sorts of things.

First event though is the Virgin London marathon. This April, (the 17th to be exact), myself and two of my close friends, Melissa Askew and Jill Woodings, will be taking on all 26 miles of the Virgin London Marathon in the hope of raising 10,000 for a fantastic cause. Fortunately Im no stranger to exercise after facing my first challenge back in 2009 when I climbed Mont Blanc to not only to raise money for the charity but to improve my personal health and fitness. Ever since Ive been hooked and one year after my mountainous effort I was back in training mode, swimming, biking and running to complete the an Ironman Triathlon in December 2010.

Why do I put myself through this you ask? Well, aside from the enjoyment factor, (and maintaining my new svelte figure and fitness levels), the support that The Haven provides for Breast Cancer patients is so important, and helps women from all over the country from their locations in London, Hereford and Leeds. They provide therapeutic services that help sufferers both mentally and physically, free of charge before, during or after treatment.

Like most women Im sure, Ive had friends who have fought cancer, and I know from talking to them and the stories of bravery and ordeals Ive heard from patients at The Haven, this facility is so important in aiding a successful recovery. Its proven that help and support greatly increases recovery rate, so the more people the charity can accommodate the better.

The brave women I have met are a constant inspiration, and it seems to me that a pair or two of sore feet and a few stiff joints are well worth it to keep this wonderful work going!

I took part in the Virgin London Marathon last year and met Richard Branson and Princess Beatrice so I wonder who well meet this year???

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