A MOTHER’S memory will spur a Felpham woman on as she pulls on her running shoes and takes her biggest challenge to date.
Sarah Santer is determined to raise £1,000 for Parkinson’s UK as a tribute to her mother who lost her battle with the disease.
The 43-year-old has managed to conquer half marathons before, she says the Brighton Marathon on April 6 will be her ‘biggest challenge to date’.
Sarah said: “My mum Christine Santer died 20 years ago, she was diagnosed with having Parkinson’s Disease at the age of 38, I was 16 at the time.
“Over the next eight years, my family and I watched her deteriorate, with uncontrollable shakes, at times to immobility, to her untimely death aged 46.
“Her death left a big hole in our hearts, she was a most beautiful, funny and intelligent person and she should still be here today being mum and nanny.”
The mother of two is a keen runner and member of both the Bognor Tri Club and Tone Zone Runners which she joined after moving to the area in 2008.
She has already been training hard but luckily she has had help looking after her two boys Bradley, 12, and Brooklyn, 10.
Sarah said: “I am also training twice a week with the Bognor Tri Club – it’s a juggling act with childcare and training, I have to grab every moment I can.
“My friends, who have been brilliant and so supportive, have been helping with childcare which has enabled me to do the required marathon training.
“I’ve always enjoyed running, my love for running started at school, I was not the brightest academically but sports day was my day to shine – I was the fastest long distance runner and held the school record for the 800 and 1,500 metres.”
Parkinson’s is a degenerative neurological condition, for which there currently is no cure.
Sarah has already collected just over £700 for the cause, but she is determined to meet her fundraising goal.
To help Sarah reach her target you can show your support by donating at www.justgiving.com/Sarah-Santer.