2015 ADIDAS SILVERSTONE HALF MARATHON
Sunday, March 15
Dear fantastic friends and supporters,
No. 14 of her 'Starfish runs', and Sarah made it again, sailing through the marathon in her usual, unmistakable, resolute, brilliant way!
Let's follow her in the following photographic detailed account (courtesy of Glynn) of her 14th Starfish athletics accomplishment...
April 19 Update: We have received other beautiful official photos of Sarah during her run. These photos have been taken by the Silverstone marathon organization. Enjoy them!
with her beloved Glynn...
running thru the air!
...crossing the finish line!
And last but not least, Sarah has now gathered all of her sponsor supports. She has reached the fantastic amount of Euro 417.00!! Wonderfully done, Sarah!
And a zillion thanks to all the friends who have so nicely supported her!
Let's go on with discovering her beautiful 2015 t-shirt, especially designed by Tori Ratcliffe for this Marathon:
look - by clicking on the above thumbnail - at the red footprints resembling the AIDS red ribbon symbol: they are so cute and original!
Tori's online shop is www.cafepress.com/domesticblend
Sarah's 2015 Marathon took place in the prestigious Silverstone Circuit in England, next to the Northamptonshire villages of Silverstone and Whittlebury. The circuit straddles the Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire border, with the current main circuit entry on the Buckinghamshire side. The nearest large towns are Northampton and Milton Keynes.
Silverstone is the current home of the British Grand Prix, which it first hosted in 1948.
The 1950 British Grand Prix at Silverstone was the first race in the newly created Formula One World Championship.
Overviews of the Silverstone Circuit and the Marathon Course
getting ready for the 'go' signal...
...all the runners are ready to start...
On the run!
...a view of the Silverstone circuit
...some runners on the track...
...running and running uphill..
...and here's Sarah...
...running, while others just walk...
Sarah is running uphill....
..never giving up, keeping her pace...
...and crossing the finishline!
The happy 'postrun' moments...
...proudly showing her medal...
...and leaving Silverstone...
but it doesn't end here... more beautiful photos to come soon!
The wording on it says: 'This year, my angels run with me. Suzanne Fleischman-Druge Gilbert and Margie Lynn Hall. Dedicated to those who supported our cause, even while losing their own battles against cancer and addiction'.
Suzanne Fleischman-Druge Gilbert, died of breast and liver cancer on 3rd July 2013. There is a memorial facebook page for Suzanne which shows how much she was loved and is missed: www.facebook.com/groups/schmoo1969/?fref=ts and Margie Hall, suddenly died over Christmas 2013, beloved sister of Tori Ratcliffe and affectionately known as 'Diz' to all her friends.
Take a look now at Sarah's photographic report of her successful Run:
and excitement ...
An aerial view...
And her post-run joy
Official medal photo!
Sarah kissing her well deserved medal, but.....
...a HUGE kiss goes to her from all of us!!!!
THANK YOU SWEET SARAH!!!!!
Those who want to support her efforts have still some time left: just visit Sarah on her page:
This year's raised amount is GBP 400 (or Euro 450)!
Heartfelt thanks for your steady and precious support
and for this umpteenth successful achievement!
April 2011 - Another successful result accomplished by Sarah, with Joe's promotional help!
Let's hear, directly from Sarah, her impressions and comments:
"I did think of it as an adventure. Brighton Rocks! The Brighton PavillionSea and Sand
Gorgeous view of the sea and the pier from our hotel and I got to see a fair bit of the place on my run.
Fantastic to meet the lovely Joe at last and her lovely other half and sweet daughter. We all spent a wonderful evening together.
Well I did it, I completed a marathon and although it didn't go exactly according to plan I am very happy to have done this.
off to my place!
I thoroughly enjoyed the run, the atmos was terrific as it always is at these events I was ding brilliantly, I was running well and was making good time for the first half, 13 miles.
5 miles done...
13 miles halfway!....
Then at mile 15 developed pain in the back of my left leg, this got progressively worse throughout both of my legs with the odd twinge of cramp. I knew what it was straight away, salt depletion and I knew I would be walking most of the rest of the way by mile 21 I couldn't run at all and my fingers had all swollen up so I went to the nearby paramedics who gave me a couple of salty drinks then I was on my way again, keeping my hands in the air as advised.
At mile 16 a lady with a tannoy stopped me and gave a shout out for Starfish.
I managed to run the last 50 metres over the finish line to lots of cheers.
at finish line!!
Got unexpectedly emotional because after all my training, efforts etc I had hoped to do this in 4.5 hours not the full 6. Britain has been in a heatwave this past week and I just cannot run in the sun, just as I struggle to swim in warm water. All has to be cool-ish for me.
However I did it and got my medal damn it! with medal and Starfish t-shirt!
There were some poor souls worse off than me. runners by Pavillion...
My fingers were normal size again by 8.30ish. ....postrun joy!
So now I'm at the recovery and rebuilding of the body stage. Lots of rest, fluids and sleep. just want to sleep!...
I am fortunate in that I can recover. We do not choose where we are born: it is a lottery. Not everyone has adequate food, clean water and decent healthcare. Isn't that something to think about?
Thank you very much to Joe for the most beautiful t-shirt ever! I wore it with pride and it is rather salty now but I shall wash it gently and put it in my treasure trove.
Thanks to Joe and her family for coming along to meet and support me.
chatting with Joe
Thank you to everyone who has sponsored and supported me, it really does mean a lot to me and does make a difference!"
2010 BUPA GREATER MANCHESTER RUN
Sunday, May 16
Another successful result for Sarah and her Great Manchester run!
She succeeded in gathering Euro 254 to support Starfish's goals!
Let's hear, directly from her, her first impressions and comments:
It has been a great day, my new shoes served me well and I managed to shave 10 minutes off my time.
On days like today, seeing all folks are doing to make a difference and raise funds, I can only see the positive side of people.
I now have sore feet and a sunburnt forehead.
But I've survived and am now rehydrating, hoping it will kill headache. So now it's time to collect funds. Thank you to all who had faith in me to give me theirs before the run.
I shall reveal the total when I have it all. Speaking of revelations here we go, my exciting news. I have registered for next year's fun run already, this will be the Brighton Marathon, yes MARATHON, on 10th April.
As I'm still collecting for this run and getting over it, I'm not expecting any sponsorship for this just yet. Not that I ever expect anyway, only hope.
I am happy and honoured to do this for Starfish. So a week of rest now then I'm back in training and stepping it up a notch.
THANK YOU AGAIN, SARAH, FOR SUCH STRONG AND STEADY SUPPORT TO STARFISH'S PROJECTS!
2009 BUPA GREATER MANCHESTER RUN
May 20, 2009
Another successful year for Sarah and her Great Manchester run!
The BUPA Greater Manchester 10k Run took place on Sunday 17th May around Manchester city centre. As always, Sarah is offering the sponsorship raised to Starfish, to help us in accomplishing our goals. To sponsor her is easy: please visit her Website here : Sarah is available to answer any questions regarding that or the race.
Here are the first photos she sent on to us, with her own comments. And her own big heart too!
Before the start, with my Starfish T-shirt... and my 'atheist wings'..ready to fly
With my number:30092! waiting in Chinatown..and raring to go...
Queuing for some....laffs and waffles..nom nom nom..
After the Run, with my medal reward..
You can also find additional info directly from Sarah, on Rutger's Message Board. Soon you will find here more updates about this special initiative.
Sarah, heartfelt thanks for your precious support!
2008 BUPA GREATER MANCHESTER RUN
Also this year, Sarah successfully completed the Great Manchester run which was also televised on BBC!!
As usual, sweet Sarah
is donating her sponsorship money to Starfish for the ''Tanzania project'' and the Muhimbili
Hospital in Dar es Salaam. We are helping them to integrate some additional needs, and you can find further info by visiting our relevant Muhimbili
Hospital page (see the 2008 Update section).
Sarah dedicated her participation to Mike Psciuk, who passed away on March 3 after a brave fight against illness. Mike was a regular guest in Rutger's website and his writings were an infinite pleasure for all of us to read. Over the years, Mike had gathered around him many cyberfriends who had the luck to enjoy his lovely wit and unmatched humour.
Mike always referred to himself as 'a Scottish writer living, not in the highlands of Scotland, but in the highlands of northern Thailand'.
Thank you Sarah for having given once again such a warm and dedicated support!
2007 LIVERPOOL WOMEN'S 10 KM RUN
In 2007 Sarah succeeded in raising Euro245 for the ''Tanzania project'' and the Muhimbili
Hospital in Dar es Salaam
to support HIV-positive mothers and children stricken by this terrible virus. All of us at 'Starfish', the Muhimbili Hospital staff, and all those children and mothers, are extremely grateful to Sarah for this additional support from her.
Herebelow you will find some photos that Sarah sent us. They perfectly show how her heartfelt dedication is making a big difference.
Thank you Sarah!
Posing before the start,
warming up a bit..
the run begins..
and it goes on..
happy for the result!
Thank you from all of us, Sarah!
2006 BUPA GREAT MANCHESTER RUN
brilliantly gathered Euro237 from her sponsorship
support. We are donating this amount
(rounding the figure to Euro500) to help the Muhimbili
Hospital in Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) and Mr
Haverkamp and his staff's efforts to constantly
support HIV-positive mothers and children.
Haverkamp asked us to sincerely thank Sarah and
all the people and donors who have helped us in
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