Sarah ready for running challenge

By Steve Carpenter 22/08 Updated: 22/08 10:46

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TRAINING to run two half marathons in 35 days while juggling a full-time job and a part-time university degree sounds like madness to some, but not for Sarah Hemings.

The 36-year-old, from Stoke, runs the Tiny Tims Nursery in the city centre - a self-funded charity which provides complementary treatment to young people with disabilities, health problems and special needs.

She is studying at Coventry University in the evening towards a BA Honours degree in business HR management.

But she has also found the time to run both the Great North Run on Sunday, September 16 and the Great Birmingham Run on Sunday, October 21 to raise funds needed to carry on the important work at the nursery. So £1,100 has been raised.

"I've always been one for keeping fit but this will be a massive test for me," the former Ernesford Grange pupil told the Observer.

"I’m a bit worried because it took me two weeks to recover from the Great North Run last year and training has been hard to fit in.

"The staff at the nursery challenged me to do both and although it sounds crazy if I can raise money to promote the centre it will be worth it because all the work that takes place there is fantastic."

Tiny Tims popularity has grown with the increased provision of the free treatment and free use of the equipment by special needs schools.

And Sarah is hoping her commitment to the half marathons will encourage others to join her in Birmingham in October.

She added: "We have six places left for and thought it would be good to let people join us.

"The more people that join up, the more money we can raise, so if anyone is interested in helping a very good cause while having a bit of fun and getting fit please get in touch."

Anyone interested should call Sarah on 7622 8254 or to sponsor visit

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