Celebrating our VLM19 Marathon Runners – Sarah Doyle

Sarah has just run her second London Marathon joining our  VLM19 team. Sarah was completely determined and trained incredibly hard amidst her busy life. She did brilliantly fundraising and ran a great marathon, despite hip issues, in 05:40:05. Please read below about what drove Sarah and how she overcame her struggles on marathon day.

Sarah’s Story:

I have run on and off since before having my children and in between pregnancies. I last ran the London Marathon in 2004 before I met my husband and was young free and single with no responsibilities. And swore I’d never do it again.

I had started running again after having my 4th child, our little miracle. The 4th baby we desperately wanted but thought we would never be able to have after having a miscarriage and then followed by an ectopic pregnancy and losing my right Fallopian tube. Being nearly 40 we had given up hope so we felt truly blessed having our little Eddie.

So I found out I had a Marathon place through the Crunch website and started increasing my distance, in January I started a plan which went really well, I was extremely dedicated and even though I work part time, have a cake business, was still studying and have 4 beautiful children I managed to fit in the 3 or 4 runs a week plus core sessions.

4 weeks before the big day I was stopped in my tracks with a stinking cold and asthma.

The big day arrived and I was beyond excited. I’d raised over £3000 so I was thrilled with helping this amazing charity and I felt ready! The first 13 miles I ran with the biggest grin on my face, I high fived everyone, I sang, I danced, I took selfies of myself going over tower bridge and with buck pal at the end. At Mile 18/19 I hit my wall, I had a lot of pain from about mile 15 in my right hip- something I hadn’t experienced at all in any of my training so I didn’t know what to do really. This made me doubt myself and I got a bit teary – so I went Facebook live to get some moral support! It worked a treat, I dug deep, dug my hand into my hip/butt muscle and I ran /walked the rest. I was a bit slower than I expected but I was still buzzing from reaching the end and having that medal. I wore it all day the day after the marathon too – even on the school run! To run a Marathon is a special thing, to run it for a charity which is something so personal to you is beyond special. I would of crawled over that line knowing my sponsor money depended on it.

Never say never again as I do now feel I have unfinished business with it.

We are so grateful to all Sarah’s hard work training and raising funds and awareness for the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust.  If you feel inspired and would like to donate to our marathon runners please see Sarah and her fellow runners fundraising pages.  Or please get in touch if you would like to be part of our team next year.

Kerry Slevin
,Joe Greenwood, William GarrettSarah DoyleNicola AkersConor RawsonSuzanne GarrettHannah Law, Natalie Ross, Rob O’Halloran