Selsey Sarah reaches £100k target

Sarah Jouault, centre, makes her presentation to Chestnut Tree House
Sarah Jouault, centre, makes her presentation to Chestnut Tree House

A TRIATHLETE has smashed through a £100,000 fundraising target with three Ironman races in three months pushing her over the finish line.

Sarah Jouault has spent the last 13 years raising money for a host of children’s charities and has now raised an amazing total of £103,981.

In an Inspirations interview with the Observer earlier this year, Sarah said she wanted to hit her target before her 60th birthday so she could retire.

“I am so pleased I reached my target,” said Sarah, from Selsey.

“And I used Gift Aid so I have gone to about £104,000.”

This year alone, Sarah has raised £10,291 for children’s charities – causes close to her heart after her daughter had meningitis as a baby.

Last week, she presented Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice with its latest share of the funds at a celebration party. In total, she has raised more than £40,000 for the charity.

Other charities to benefit from her fundraising over the years include Rocking Horse, Snowdrop trust, Great Ormond Street, Whizz Kids and the baby unit at St Richard’s Hospital, Chichester.

The majority of the funds were raised through taking part in Ironman competitions.

This year’s events saw her take part in the UK competition in June, claiming first place with a time of 7.011 hours.

Next on her list was the European Championships where she came third in a time of 7.07 hours.

Her final challenge came in September when she competed in the Lake Las Vegas Ironman World Championships 70.3.

She came ninth with a time of 6.56 hours.

“I had a puncture which you have to fix yourself and it was very hard after that to get motivated all over again but my daughter Helene came to watch and she is my number one fan,” said Sarah, who runs Dimitri Hair & Beauty, in Felpham.

She also had to contend with a range of weather conditions throughout her race: “The rain started in the swim and then we had monsoon rain on the bike and hot, hot sun on the run.”

Despite the challenges, however, Sarah completed the challenge. After the race she even got the chance to meet celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, who had also competed.

“I am so chuffed to have done three races in three months but it was really hard,” she said.

“I just want to say thank you to all the sponsors who have supported me over the last 13 years.”