Long distance running is a challenge for anybody, but Sandra Sharratt took up running just three years ago, at the age of 48. Since then, she’s completed the Great North Run, joined the Avon Valley Runners and has now just finished the prestigious London Marathon as one of 10 Gold Bond runners raising funds for Dorothy House.
Sharon, from Melksham, heard she had got a place in October 2016 – on the same day as the funeral of her good friend Jayne, who was cared for by Dorothy House. She ran the marathon in memory of Jayne and of another friend, Wendy, who also received Dorothy House care.
Sandra said: ‘I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported me in my fundraising and training. I couldn’t have done it on my own. I have raised £2,540 – considerably more than my target of £2,000. The Marathon was an amazing event to be part of, and I am so pleased to have done it – the crowd and marshalls were brilliant. I don’t think I will ever do it again, but I have enjoyed the whole thing including fundraising and training. I wanted to run the Marathon in under six hours and managed that by coming in in 5 hours 56 mins and 58 seconds.’
Sandra has organised several fundraising events for Dorothy House over the past few months. She was the first person to sign up to host a Dorothy’s Tea Party, cake sale and Tombola which she held at Trowbridge County Hall, where she works. The event raised £321. She has also organised a Xmas Fair Stall and ‘A Bit of a Do’ party with a band, buffet supper and raffle.