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Total raised so far


£1,040.00 of £1,000 target +£240.00 Gift Aid See breakdown

Recent donations

1 week ago

Dave Brown

£10.00 + £2.50 Gift Aid

Well done Sara!

1 week ago

Emma Mcmullan

£20.00 + £5.00 Gift Aid

Well done!

1 week ago

Jackie Taylor


1 week ago

The Millerchips xx

£110.00 + £27.50 Gift Aid

You are amazing! Well Done you champ 🏆

1 week ago

Priyam C

£10.00 + £2.50 Gift Aid

Well done! X

1 week ago

Mr P

£20.00 + £5.00 Gift Aid

Smashed it, magical x

1 week ago

Michael Joyce

£50.00 + £12.50 Gift Aid

Good luck

1 week ago

Banana x🍌

£10.00 + £2.50 Gift Aid

Well done you xx

2 weeks ago

Jules & Tom

£58.00 + £14.50 Gift Aid

You go sister! We are right behind you in our armchairs. You will smash it, so proud of you, lots of love and hugs x x

2 weeks ago

Julie Avery

£100.00 + £25.00 Gift Aid

Love you Sara

Sara Townley is raising money for MindOut LGBTQ Mental Health Service

Sarsy Marathon

Event date: 12th September 2020

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My story

Because why not ............... What's the worst that could happen ?

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My updates

1 week ago

The day finally arrived - after what could only be described as an erratic training plan - and I was feeling so sick and nervous and emotional.

The day did not start well, my train to Brighton was cancelled - thank you Southern railway. But actually, it was alright I got to Preston Park in time to meet up with some of my fellow MindOut runners.

It was a clear and actually quite hot day - so I was a hot mess by mile one - nothing new there.

I managed to run more or less continually for 16 miles, stopping only for the water stations - as I have never managed to master running and drinking from a cup - without wearing most of it.

OK I have to admit I did not appreciate the number of hills on the course - but to be honest they were not as dreadful as I expected, and of course the downhill is always sweeter, if not a bit jarring.

And then it was done (ha ha that makes it sound so easy) - 5hours 6minutes and 8seconds - so not far off my 5 hour target.

2 months ago

Yes of course, April 2021 came and went - no Marathon, we are now on for 12th September.

I am amid my 16 week training plan - pretty much off plan to be honest at the mo - it's been such a long time coming, I need to dig in and find my drive again.

Have faith - all will be well :)

11 months ago

So of course the 2020 Brighton Marathon didn't happen.

I have however - transferred my place to 2021 - so April 18th is my new target date.

Training proper will commence in January 2021 - for now I continue to complete various virtual challenges to maintain my running enthusiasm - this month, October, it's a 75 mile for the month target. I've completed 50 odd miles, so pretty much on track.

1 year ago

It's July and the Brighton Marathon is said to still be on in September - so I am back on the marathon training wheel.

Last Sunday, 5th July - I did the Goodwood Half Marathon - virtually of course - that was the start of my 'back at training' plan - my knees did not take kindly to the 13.1 miles, but by the following Tuesday they were working again without screaming at me.

Which just re-emphasised how training is key to surviving through this experience, lol.

I am aiming to run at least 150k (93 miles) in July, with more in August.

Let's see how that goes :)

1 year ago

OK, so of course COVID19 has meant that the Brighton Marathon has had to be postponed until September 20th.

You can imagine how sad I was after being mostly through the training plan, however at least I will know what to expect next time round. I will have the added impact of warmer climes to contend with - but at least the evenings and mornings will be lighter.

I start my training again in June, maybe I should set my sights at a faster time :)

To those that have sponsored me already - thank you, your money will still be going to a good cause - and rest assured I will still be running a Marathon at some point this year!!

Sara Townley is fundraising for

MindOut LGBTQ Mental Health Service

Charity number: 1140098

Sara Townley is fundraising as part of

Brighton Marathon 2020

12th September 2020

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