LOUTH resident Sarah Ervin will this Sunday embark on the world’s most popular half-marathon inspired by her son Ollie, who has type-1 diabetes.
Sarah, who lives in Aswell Street, will take part in the Great North Run in Newcastle, and hopes to raise £500 for Diabetes UK.
Seven-year-old Ollie was diagnosed aged just five, and the brave Kidgate pupil is fully behind his mum as she takes on the 13.1-mile road race.
“Ollie being diagnosed changed our lives overnight,” Sarah explained. “Doing the Great North Run is my way of feeling that I’m doing something for Ollie.”
Sarah works at Spire Windows in Louth, and has been hard at work pounding the streets in recent weeks.
“I’ve been running on and off for about four years,” she said. “But I’ve never done a running event like this.”
“I lost any motivation for a while but have really stepped it up this last week and I’ve been making my husband come out on his bike so I could go a bit further into the countryside, and so far I’ve reached ten miles,” she continued.
But far from setting targets ahead of Sunday, Sarah admits she would just be happy to complete the race which works its way from Newcastle to South Shields and will attract around 50,000 entries.
Sarah added: “Diabetes UK gives so much support and for that reason I have chosen them for the fundraising. It would be amazing if I could raise £500, but I’ll be happy with whatever the amount as I know things are hard for a lot of people.”
Sarah recently helped set up a diabetes family support group which meets every month at Grimsby Hospital. Visit Diabetesuknelfsg.org.uk.
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