Sarah and Sam to take on marathon

PUBLISHED: 15:00 06 January 2013

Sam (left) and Sarah with Jeremy Davies from The Manor, Kewstoke, on their charity quiz night.

Sam (left) and Sarah with Jeremy Davies from The Manor, Kewstoke, on their charity quiz night.

Sarah Bostock

TWO friends have set themselves the challenge of raising £4,000 for Weston Hospicecare by running the Virgin London Marathon this year.

Just one month into their training and fundraising, they’re already at £2,000 thanks to support from businesses, family and friends.

Samantha Walkley, aged 26, from St Georges and Sarah Bostock, aged 29, from Churchill, said they knew they had to pull something big out of the bag to reach their goal.

Thanks to generous donations, cake sales and a charity quiz night, raffle and auction at The Manor in Kewstoke, the duo have already made it halfway.

Sarah, who also works for the hospice, said: “It has made us very proud to have such fantastic support, it’s something we’ll remember when we’re up at 5am on cold winter mornings to face a 20-mile run.”

Businesses in the town were big supporters at the quiz and offered gifts for the friends to raffle and auction - helping raise £1,200 on the night.

The women are no strangers to running and have completed around 10 half marathons between them, but admit the marathon will be a bigger challenge. Sam said: “We’re under no illusion how tough this is going to be. There’s no denying the toll a marathon can take on your body.”

Sarah said: “It’s going to be a tough few months, but failure is not an option. We’re doing this for everyone who has been touched by Weston Hospicecare or anyone who may need them in the future.”

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