Sara’s marathon wish comes true

Sara Arnold (right)  and her sister Katie. Sara is running  the London Matathon in aid of the Downs Syndrome Association.

Sara Arnold (right) and her sister Katie. Sara is running the London Matathon in aid of the Downs Syndrome Association.

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A Mansfield mum is preparing to run the London Marathon to raise money for a charity close to her heart.

PE teacher Sara Arnold will join a stampede of runners on the 26 mile circuit in aid of the Down’s Syndrome Association, a condition her 35-year-old sister Katie was born with.

Her first ever marathon will complete her ambition to run the distance at the age of 40 and Katie and her family will be cheering her on from the sidelines on 26th April.

Sara said: “I have done half marathons before and I wanted to run a marathon before I was 40 and I wanted to do it for charity - The Down’s Syndrome Association is a very good cause to support.

With two young children to bring up, a home to run, a job three days of the week as a teacher, she has had great support from husband Bruce over the past few months as her training regime has steadily intensified.

She said: “I regularly run about 5-6 miles and I have progressively added a mile every week.

“Bruce has been keeping me company on his bike.”

Last week Sara ran 21 miles in 3hours 23 minutes and says she is on track to complete it in less than four hours 20 minutes.

She has already raised more than £1,350 and her kit has been sponsored by Veritas Print Management.

To support Sara, go to www.virginmoneygiving.com/SaraArnold.

Over the last few years sister Katie has developed amazing artistic skills and her work has been exhibited around the country and shortly in New York, USA. You can view her work at http://www.heartandsold.org.uk/artists/katie-rickersey where there are eight paintings on display.