When the Great British 10k London Run gets underway on Sunday 14 July, South Harrow’s Sarah McHugh will be looking to complete the course and what is her first ever run while raising funds for national charity The British Polio Fellowship. Sarah works as an administrator for the charity and together with her friend and colleague Rosalind Evans, the duo are hoping to raise awareness of Polio and Post Polio Syndrome (PPS), while raising much needed funds for a charity dedicated to combating these conditions along the way.
“I have never been involved in anything like this before, so while there is a certain amount of trepidation with this being my first ever run, I am really looking forward to it,” explained Sarah. “I am the first point of call for those ringing the charity, so I have come to appreciate more than I did of what people with Polio are facing; so when my colleague Marianne asked if anyone wished to take part in the 10K, I believed it was the right thing to do and I agreed to give it a go, although I did initially think it was a walk!”
Sarah has worked for The British Polio Fellowship since August 2012, when she came in to cover maternity leave and has found it a charity where she felt she could do some good. Having worked for a GP surgery and a Poly Clinic, Sarah has first-hand knowledge of how hard it can be for those living with Polio and PPS to source the help they need and how hard the charity works to set this right; although the prospect of a two hour run remains a daunting one.
“I am doing some training which is helping to reduce some of my anxiety,” explained Sarah. “I have been walking up the mounds in Northolt with my daughter, but with just a few weeks to go, I am now looking to step things up prior to the big day.”
Running a full marathon can be a step too far for those like Sarah and Ros, who remain keen to get involved, so a 10k course is the perfect introduction for novice runners, or for those who may have ambitions to run a full marathon in the future, but would like to dip their toe in the water by trying the shorter distance first.
The London 10k is a great way to take part in an organised race while raising money for charity. By taking in many of the sights of London, it has that ‘London Marathon’ feel, while funds raised By Sarah and Ros will make a tangible difference to The British Polio Fellowship’s life changing work for the 120,000 people still living with the condition and its effects in the UK today. Anyone wishing to support the fund raising efforts of Sarah and Ros can do so by visiting their just giving page at:
The Great British 10k follows the iconic course used in the London 2012 Olympics. Starting on Piccadilly, Sarah and Ros will pass many of the capital’s most famous landmarks, including The Ritz, Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, The London Eye, St’ Paul’s Cathedral and many more, before finishing on Whitehall.
“We are extremely grateful to our colleagues Sarah and Ros and wish them and everyone running for The British Polio Fellowship this year every success,” said Ted Hill MBE, CEO of The British Polio Fellowship. “With so many worthy causes out there, we do appreciate all those who pull out their running shoes and sponsorship forms on our behalf. Without them, we would not be able to offer the ongoing support we do to those living with the effects of Polio and PPS in Britain today.”
Among a sea of great causes, PPS can all too easily be forgotten. While the fight to eradicate Polio worldwide is led by the Gates Foundation, it is easy to forget the 120,000 people still living with the condition and its effects in the UK. Sarah and Ros are taking the opportunity to take part in this prestigious event while doing something worthwhile for a vital cause.