Marathon star Sarah smashes charity target

Sarah Hunter, who raised more than �7,000 for Alzheimer's Research UK by completing the London Marathon.
Sarah Hunter, who raised more than �7,000 for Alzheimer's Research UK by completing the London Marathon.
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A proud marathon runner has thanked people for their support after raising almost £7,500 for Alzheimer’s research.

Former Morpeth resident Sarah Hunter has completed the London Marathon in her first event of its kind in honour of her stepfather Len Millership.

Mr Millership, 65, was a member of Morpeth Harriers and completed the same event in just over two-and-a-half hours some years ago.

However, last year he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease and had to call time on his running days.

Ms Hunter entered the race intending to raise £2,000 for Alzheimer’s Research UK, but after the Herald highlighted her efforts, donations flooded in and she smashed her target.

The 38-year-old said: “To get about £7,500 for the charity is amazing. Some people I don’t even know went on to my fund-raising web page to sponsor me. I just want to say thank you to everybody. It is really overwhelming how hugely generous and wonderful people have been.”

The dental hygienist, who now lives in London, began training in January, fitting it around family life and getting up at 5.30am every Saturday for a long run.

She completed the race in just under four-and-a-half hours — and immediately applied for a place in next year’s marathon.

“It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be,” said Ms Hunter.

“The crowd support was fantastic and it was a really good day. My stepdad came to London to watch. He was immensely proud when I saw him at the end and had a tear in his eye.

It is really overwhelming how hugely generous and wonderful people have been.

Sarah Hunter

“It is heartbreaking to see how Alzheimer’s has affected him. I wanted to raise money so other families don’t have to go through the same thing.”