Having lost her mum to a brain tumour in 2007 Sarah Lambkin embarked on an extreme challenge to raise funds towards finding a cure.
Keen to do something completely outside of her comfort zone, Sarah pledged to run an incredible 1,000 miles in a year. She recently completed her final mile at the end of the Virgin Money London Marathon on 24 April, while at the same time raising over £3,500 for us.
“After my mum was diagnosed I think we were all in shock as she was never ill, she was the rock of our family and she held us all together, you didn't mess with my mum. Then, within two months she was gone. We all still miss her dearly.
“I was determined to raise awareness of brain tumours which have such a devastating effect on too many families including my own. Running was the best way I could make a difference, not only did it push me to focus on a challenge but it allowed me time to think and reflect. After a training run, I was always fully motivated to raise even more for research into brain tumours."
Despite Sarah's amazing achievement, she has not always been a keen runner.
“I never used to run. In fact, Lambkins don't run! I couldn't imagine running to the end of the street let alone 1,000 miles.
“However, about three years ago I decided that I needed to get fit and lose some weight, so I signed myself up to some charity runs and my fitness and determination grew from there."
To ensure Sarah hit her 1,000 mile target, she ran up to 19 miles a week and completed various different running events for us before her finale at the Virgin Money London Marathon.
“Being part of The Brainy Bunch Running Group on Facebook really made me realise how there are like-minded people who have gone through similar experiences. But in the end, we're all coming together so we can hopefully find a cure. They were all a real motivation to me."
“I'm thrilled that the money raised will go into research for new treatments to help improve the lives of those living with a brain tumour and eventually defeat this horrible disease."
Sarah and our runners are a real inspiration to us all and it's thanks to them we can fund pioneering research which can help get us closer to finding a cure.