Emotions will run high when an Ilkeston woman takes on the gruelling London Marathon on Sunday to raise money in honour of her late mum.
Avid runner Sara Pritchard, 40, of Corporation Road lost her mother, Patricia Pritchard, who was known as ‘Paddie’ in 2011 to pneumonia after a long battle with leukaemia.
Sara will be raising funds for research into the form of cancer by taking on the race along with thousands of others in the capital.
She has already secured more than £750 of her £1,000 target thanks to support from her family and friends.
After finally being given a ‘ballot’ place in the marathon following applications over the last five years, Sara has focused all of her efforts into preparations.
“I started running nine years ago and have run the Robin Hood Half Marathon several times but never taken on a full 26 miles,” she said.
“I’m nervous, excited and apprehensive all at the same time and I’m sure a few tears will be shed and not just because of the pain. My mum will be in my thoughts during every mile, I just wish she was here to see me.”
Sara, who works as a civil servant has been preparing for the marathon since Christmas.
“There have been moments when I’ve been so far from home with the wind and hail in my face and blisters on my feet and I thought, why am I doing this? But those days just build up your confidence and drive to succeed,” she said.
Sara’s mother died at the age of 64, after beating leukaemia twice since her first diagnosis in 2005.
Sarah added: “If my mum was around she would be telling everyone about what I was doing. She always made the effort when I did the Robin Hood runs.”
On the day Sara will have family and friends supporting her at miles 13 and 23.
“Family and friends have been real motivators.”